This wine has been created especially for the Prospera Valley GranFondo (PVGF) ride being held in the Fraser Valley this summer, with all cyclists ending their big day out finishing on River Road. This predominantly Merlot based Bordeaux blend is full of aromas of black cherry, eucalyptus, lavender and pencil shavings. This fruit forward wine with soft tannins displays black cherry and cassis on the palate followed by cedar box and cocoa. Proceeds from the sales of this wine will be going towards Youth Development Cycling program called Escape Velocity dEVo. deco is the youth development arm of the Escape Velocity cycling club. DEVO stands for the “Development Escape Velocity Organization”. DEVO’s primary purpose is the introduction and ongoing support of youth in the sport of competitive endurance-discipline cycling
This vintage was crafted from a variety of sites through the central Okanagan where we chose Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to create a fruit forward easily 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 rich fruit extraction. Aged in American and French barrels for 18 months to retain fruitfulness.
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 and 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 and 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 whites and reds. Overall, we picked some white grapes earlier than usual, but the reds stayed on average pick dates. Growing Degree Days in both Penticton and Langley totaled 1326 and 973 respectively, above their 23-year average of 1216 and 863. Overall, the season provided us flavorful fruit with balanced ripeness and nice phenolic development. An usual, but great harvest in our books!