Our popular estate fruit red blend has alluring aromas of black pepper, black licorice, smoked meat, anise and violet. These lead to a full, pleasing palate of dark ripe cherries, along with pepper, cedar and sandalwood. Pair this easygoing blend with cherry braised lamb shank, or warm stews on a chilly fall night.
Winemaker: Robert Summers
Growing conditions: The 2017 growing season was one of marked contrasts, overall however it was an outstanding year. The season commenced with above normal precipitation, resulting in rapid early vine growth, which necessitated increased grapevine canopy management in late spring. The wet spring was followed by a classic Okanagan summer of hot, dry weather. This provided ideal growing conditions for superior vine growth and berry development and ensured the grapes reached full phenolic ripeness. Growing Degree Days continued their above average trend totaling 1422 (GDDs) for 2017, well above the 13 year average of 1054 for the Oliver area. Harvest commenced in late September for our whites. The red varieties were harvested in October where the warm days and crisp, cool nights assisted in fully developing grape flavours, while also retaining their acidity. All grapes were harvested by hand with gentle care in the processing, ensuring fruit integrity.
Winemaking notes: Crafted from our Golden Mile Bench vineyard, this harvest displayed good phenolic ripeness with its fruit, benefiting from a little more hang time. The varietals for this easy drinking wine were fermented in separate smaller lots, barrel aged for 8 months and cross blended early to encourage a harmonious structure.
Wines in Niagara - Rick Vansickle (Dec 2018) : 89 pts
This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc is aged for 8 months in half American and half French oak barrels. It has a meaty, robust nose of currants, anise, rich spices, leather and white pepper notes. The range of dark fruits and spices on the palate are held together by firm tannins and balanced nicely by vibrant acidity. Good value red from Hester.
John Schreiner at Goodgrog - John Schreiner (Feb 2019) : 90 pts
This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The wines were aged six to eight months in barrel. The wine begins with dramatic aromas of spice and dark fruits. The palate is equally exuberant, with flavours of black cherry mingled with licorice, spice and vanilla. Long ripe tannins give the wine a soft, quaffable texture.