From an outstanding season, our winemaker has selected the best barrels in our cellar for a Merlot dominant Bordeaux style wine. Beautifully balanced, this vintage has concentrated sage, sandalwood, malt and Italian plum aromas. Plush flavours of ripe dark cherry, black currant, mocha, anise and a hint of spearmint greet the palate. A long savoury finish follows with well integrated, finely woven tannins. Pair with grilled ribeye and select company!
The 2015/16 winter was relatively mild with no extended periods of major freezing, resulting in uniform bud break. Spring was one of the driest on record; with Growing Degree Days (GDDs) the highest ever recorded in May. These warm, dry conditions resulted in bud break two weeks earlier than anticipated. The warm temperatures continued through June, suggesting that harvest could commence as much as a month earlier than normal. However, temperatures changed in July; making it the fourth coldest July on record. This cooling July trend, combined with some unseasonal rain, slowed down the ripening process resulting in beautifully complex flavours. Cool fall nights ensured great acid structure. Harvest commenced in early September, much earlier than normal. Overall, the 2016 vintage was outstanding for both whites and reds.
From some of the oldest plantings on our vineyard, this classic blend is almost equal parts Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our lower yielding old vines fruit is put through an extended maceration in an effort to gain the ideal extraction of flavours. Fermented separately in Italian Ganimede fermenters, the malolactic fermentation is finished in tanks before each varietal was aged separately in French and American tight grain oak barrels. Select lots were then chosen, blended, and returned to oak to allow the components to harmoniously integrate. An iconic wine, which we have been crafting for a decade, this stellar vintage is a worthy representation of the Golden Mile Bench.