North Bench Oliver’s distinct gravel soils and wind swept ridge provides a unique kind of terroir that produces stellar grapes, especially red Bordeaux varietals. Dominated by the renowned Blue Terrace Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon with a generous helping of Merlot, this classic pairing of noble grapes features the rich, dark fruit so characteristic of this warm south valley region. A blackberry, toffee nose combined with a palate of black cherry and cocoa along with fine structured tannins, make for a well balanced wine with finesse. A perfect match with Alberta ribeye dabbed with blue cheese or rich red sauces and strong cheeses. Cellar through 2022. Unfiltered, decant before serving.
After working with our grower Andy Marsel’s grapes from his five kilometer low ridge property in north Oliver’s Black Sage Bench for the past ten years, we have found the gravelly earth of his gently sloping land produces better grapes than almost anywhere in the south Okanagan. Our inaugural vintage of this single vineyard wine was crafted with select barrels from our cellar that best showcase the heat loving terroir of this vineyard. Our winemaker has created a cuvée that is Cabernet Sauvignon driven in a “Left Bank Bordeaux” style though definitely with its own unique Okanagan personality with its herbaceous nuanced hints of mint and sage.
A mild winter was followed by a slow start to the growing season for the 2011 vintage, with a cool late spring. A temperate summer was fortunately followed by an above average September of dry, warm days. October opened with some precipitation events, but quickly moderated and dried to allow our reds to be harvested late, but in excellent condition. Pushed to the end of the ripening season, the grapes benefited from the long hang time with good flavour development, for an elegant and food friendly wine.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon • 40% Merlot
Vineyards: Blue Terrace, Oliver
Harvest Date: October 10 to November 12, 2011 • Harvest Brix: 24.5
pH 3.59 • TA 7.3 g/L • RS 1.4 g/L