This Cabernet Sauvignon is full of aromas of black currant and dark cherry tempered with tobacco and graphite. The stony soils of Blue Terrace vineyard add complexity and a hint of minerality on the palate. The use of a variety of yeasts also adds to the complexity along with extended barrel aging in a combination of French and American barriques develops spiciness and vanilla characters. Enjoy now as the soft tannins and ripe fruit will accompany grilled venison and roasted potatoes.
This vintage was crafted from the Cabernet Sauvignon grown at Blue Terrace Vineyard in north Oliver and Time Estates Sundial Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. A 9-day fermentation with varied cap management promotes rich fruit and tannin extraction. The wine was then aged in both American and French barrels for 18 months adding both spiciness and softness to the rich mouthfeel of this wine. At the final blending session, we added a dash of Merlot for softness which helps enhance the full-bodied fruit character.
The 2015 season in the Okanagan Valley can be summed up in one word — fantastic. An early spring start provided the necessities for superior vine growth. July and August were very sunny and hot leading to good sugar development within the grapes and much earlier ripening than normal. We began our earliest harvest on record, on August 22, and by the end of September completed the bulk of our grape picking. September was similarly, warm and sunny with slightly cooler nights allowing for continued phenolic ripening. A harvest for the record books, was finished at our earliest date ever, October 8.
Grapes: 86.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.8% Merlot
Harvest Brix: 25.3B average
Harvest Date: September 17 &18, October 8 & 9
Vineyards: Blue Terrace, Sundial Vineyard
Technical data: pH 4.03 TA 6.2 g/L RS 2.7 g/L
Magnums produced: 150 bottles