This striking Cabernet Franc has inviting aromas of black cherry and caramel, along with some savoury notes of Tellicherry peppercorn and fragrant eucalyptus. A lengthy growing season contributed concentrated flavours of ripe, black currant and rich cocoa. Finely woven tannin integration with a velvety texture and svelte mouthfeel on the palate. Seriously structured, leaning towards full bodied, this delicious wine will go well with grilled ribeye steak au poivre and roasted vegetables.
Produced predominatelty from Rock Pocket Vineyard. As the name suggests, the stony soils add minerality and complexity to the wine. The stones also retain heat throughout the cool September evenings. We have also added Cabernet Franc from Romar Vineyard and a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon from Blue Terrace Vineyard to round out the mouthfeel. This wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months with 20% being aged in new oak.
The 2016 growing season was one of the longest in the Okanagan, with Spring commencing very quickly in the Valley. One of our earliest starts ever, had flowering 2 weeks ahead of normal and fruit set remaining on track. Many expected another record early harvest, however Mother Nature fortunately intervened. July & August were cooler than normal with more precipitation than usual slowing the ripening process slightly and the rain contributing to good vine growth. Mixed conditions in Autumn saw a fantastic warm & sunny September with only intermittent rain, affording us good weather for harvest. October brought some additional rain and frost incidents in the south of the Valley at mid-month. We began harvest with Chardonnay for sparkling wine August 23 and brought in our last grapes November 3. It was quite an extended harvest with a 10 day break between harvesting reds and whites. Overall, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on average pick dates. Growing Degree Days in both Penticton & Langley totalled 1326 and 973 respectively, above their 23-day average of 1216 and 863. Overall, the season provided us flavorful fruit with balanced ripeness and nice phenolic development. A usual, but great harvest in our books!
Grapes: 93% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Brix: 23.1 B average
Harvest Date: October 19, 21 & 22, 2016
Vineyards: Rock Pocket Vineyard (Oliver) & Blue Terrace Vineyard (Oliver)
Technical data: pH 3.82 TA 5.6 g/L RS 2 g/L
Cases produced: 668