Mission Hill - Terroir - Reed Creek Natural Merlot
The Terroir Collection showcases the Okanagan Valley's unique microclimates and diversity. The top 3% of all of Mission Hill’s estate fruit is hand-selected for these wines by the winemaker and each individual lot is carefully tasted throughout the winemaking process to ensure its quality level before the final blend. Because of this extra care, each offering is very limited with only a small amount of select barrels handcrafted.
This vineyard, originally a fruit orchard, has been farmed organically for more than 40 years with soils that are high in nutrients and quite porous. The west side vineyard location of our Reed Creek Natural Merlot results in a significant amount of morning sun exposure, giving way to the shade by afternoon. This leads to late ripening fruit that is more delicate and intensely flavourful. The hillsides are dotted by dense stands of Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. The label image reflects the rough and seamless nature of cover crops in the organic vineyard rows, one of our sustainability practices.