The Cabernet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The wine displays beautiful aromas of black cherry, plum and caramel along with some savory notes of peppercorn and eucalyptus. The palate has good tannin integration with some savory spice flavors, red fruit and silky texture. This wine will go well with herb encrusted roasted pork and roasted potatoes.
This wine was crafted from a variety of sites through the southern Okanagan where we chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to create and enjoyable wine with silky tannins and complexity based on the variety of terroirs. A 14-day fermentation with punched cap and delestage management of the grapes enables good fruit extraction. Aged in American and French oak for 18 months to retain fruitfulness and add caramel and vanilla notes.
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: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc
Harvest Date: October 9, 21, 22, 28 Harvest Brix: 24.8 B average
Vineyards: Romar Vineyard (Osoyoos), Blue Terrace Vineyard & Rock Pocket Vineyard (Oliver)
Technical data: pH 3.71, TA 6.0 g/l, RS 2.6 g/l
Cases produced: 328, SKU 187656, upc 6 26990 26445 3