A predominately Merlot based Bordeaux style blend, this vintage has full aromas of blackberry, raspberry, currant, black cherry and molasses. This well-structured wine shows a rich palate of abundant Bing cherries, tobacco and leather with sultry spiciness and vanilla characters. Unfiltered, serve decanted with grilled steaks or strong cheese.
Primarily crafted with grapes from the Blue Terrace Vineyard in north Oliver, where we chose both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon because the rich, gravel-strewn soils develop tremendous flavour. We also sourced Cabernet Franc from the Rock Pocket vineyard next door. In addition, small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon from Sundial vineyard add complexity and character to this full-bodied wine. A 21-day fermentation with punched cap management of the grapes enables rich fruit extraction. The use of a variety of yeasts and terroirs also add to the complexity . Aged in American and French barrels for 24 months to refine tannins.
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: 56% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Brix: 24.3 average
Harvest Date: September 17, 18, 26 & October 8
Vineyards: Blue Terrace, Sundial, Rock Pocket (Oliver)
Technical data: pH 3.84 TA 6.5 g/L RS 2.7 g/L
Magnums produced: 90 bottles