This Cabernet Sauvignon is full of aromas of black currant and dark cherry tempered with tobacco and graphite. The blend of terroirs delivers a wine of complexity and a hint of minerality on the palate. The soft tannins and ripe fruit pair perfectly grilled venison and roasted potatoes.
This vintage was primarily crafted with Cabernet Sauvignon from Romar Vineyard in Osoyoos. The silt/ sandy soil and dry/ warm climate provide the foundation for superior grape quality. The blend was rounded out by fruit from Blue Terrace to soften the tannin profile and build on the generous fruit profile. A 14-day maceration period with varied cap management promoted rich fruit and tannin extraction. Gentle pressing and subsequent malolactic fermentation in 5000L oak fermenters enhanced softening of the mouthfeel whilst promoting notes of mocha and espresso. The wine was aged mostly in oak fermenters with a small portion in French and American barriques.
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: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: October 21, 22, 28 • Harvest Brix: 23.1B average
Vineyards: Romar Vineyard (Osoyoos), Blue Terrace Vineyard (Oliver)
Technical data: pH 3.70 TA 6.2 g/L RS 4.4 g/L
Cases produced: 788 • SKU 34694 • UPC 6 26990 02454 5