2021 Fortissimo

Merlot Dominant Tuscan Blend
2021 Fortissimo
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fortissimo in 7 words

Cherry, Plum, Meaty, Herbal, Cigar, Rustic, Bold

Winemaking notes

Fortissimo is our way of paying respect to the pioneers of Tuscany who challenged the traditions of winemaking in the 50s and 60s to gain recognition for their wines.

2021 Fortissimo is delicious and very charming for such a young red and is more readily accessible than typical vintages. All the components are married seamlessly together. The large format puncheons and Hungarian/Slavonian oak are evident in the subtle way the oak is present with whispers of baking spice notes.

Overall the wine has fantastic layers of fruit and savoury flavours. Bing cherry mingles with red and black cherry fruit. Aromatic herbs and cured tobacco leaves are also starting to emerge. The savoury profile in this wine is even more accentuated in this vintage. The palate is layered and while it is still young and somewhat morphed into itself, it still offers plenty of pleasure in youth.”


Di Carne: This wine matched with Tuscan-style cooking is a match made in heaven.Tuscan wild boar stew or rabbit ragu over polenta are two of our favourites.

Vegetariano / Vegano: Potato tortellini with a hearty tomato sauce or a rich vegetarian Cacciucco with Tuscan seasoning are delicious pairings with this wine.

Technical Information

GRAPE VARIETY: 54% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 4% Sangiovese

GROWN:VINEYARD: 89% Osoyoos Lake District, 11% Black Sage Bench


SOIL TYPE: Various

AGE OF VINES: Mostly in their late teens

YIELD: 3.2 Tons/acre

PRODUCTION: 1561 cases of 750ml, 150 cases of 375ml, 200 magnums, and 24 double magnums


CLARIFICATION: Unfined, lightly coarse filtered

AGING: 15 months in 12.6% new 225L barrel, 87.4% in neutral barrel of which 10.2% is 500L. 

Wine Specs
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc
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