After a lengthy hiatus, this vintage sees a welcome return of our small lot Cabernet Sauvignon. Evocative aromas of blackberry, currants, allspice, molasses and cedar box greet the nose. The refined and graceful palate highlights blackberry, cassis, and vanilla with well-integrated tannins. Pair with NY Striploin hot off the grill.
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.
This limited production wine is grown in two warm sites on our estate, blocks 7 and 8, which were planted over a decade ago. The grapes are picked late in the season ensuring full ripeness and well-balanced flavours. The fruit is hand-sorted, de-stemmed and gently macerated for 21 days in our Italian Ganimede fermenters. After pressing and malolactic fermentation in tank, the wine was aged in select, primarily French cooperage for a minimum of one year.