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Monster Vineyards is a boutique winery located on the Naramata Bench in the British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. The winery came to life in 2006 when the owners of Poplar Grove introduced this fun new line up of wines to the British Columbia market. Raising the bar for fruit-forward Okanagan wines, the Monster wines are fresh, fruity and ready to be set free upon release. Monster Vineyards is conveniently located at the gateway to the famous Naramata Bench wine touring route just down the road...
This Merlot based bruting Red Eyed Monster charges forward with raspberries, freshly picked cherries, and plum on the nose. Soft, fruit-forward flavours of blueberry and soft cedar mingle with a hint of milk chocolate. This medium weight Monster presents great length on the finish with integrated tannins allowing this wine to stand up to red meat dishes with some spicy heat.
A warm early spring followed by a late April snowstorn, which took the winery by surprise. The summer that followed turned out to be both cooler and wetter than expected, slowing fruit development and increasing weather monitoring. Luckily, a warm fall season saw a gradual cool down thus giving the grapes extra time to achieve full ripeness and flavour characteristics. The slow cooling process allowed the vines time to enter a gradual dormancy, turn woody and store their reserves for winter hibernation in preparation for spring 2017. Overall, the 2016 growing season was long, weathered and embraced by the team. They winery is grateful for the persistence and patience of the vineyard crew and Mother Nature, which resulted in yet another fantastic vintage.
Red Eyed Monster was made from a blend of red grapes. The berries were hand picked & sorted in the vineyard. Each of the component varietals were fermented separately. The finished wines were then blended to taste winemakers Stefan and Natasha.