A harmonious balance of classic Bordeaux varietals, this vintage has heady aromas of cocoa, vanilla, leather, sagebrush and saskatoon berry. These lead to a lush palate brimming with mocha and black cherry, along with a subtle umami savoriness. A full round mouthfeel with supple structured tannins and a lasting minerality on the finish. If enjoying young, decanting is recommended. Pairs wonderfully with a hearty stew and blue cheese dumplings or a grilled rib eye off the BBQ.
The 2018 growing season was one of the most tumultuous in the last 20 years, with Growing Degree Days (GDD) totaling 1575, essentially at the 10 year average, however the year was anything but average. The season started slowly with cool spring temperatures delaying our typical budbreak. This was followed by rapid, record setting heat in late April and May with growth going into overdrive and thus flowering occurring earlier than usual. Dry conditions during flowering brought an excellent fruit set with heavy, though well-balanced, bunch development. The early summer months were quite typical for the Okanagan – warm and dry. However, a cool, early fall slowed ripening down. The cooler than normal autumn temperatures allowed grape maturity to finish with elegant acidity, great complexity and fantastic flavour development. With conditions varying considerably throughout the year, viticulturalists needed to adapt management practices quickly, to ensure 2018 would be an exceptional year.
Exclusively farmed on our estate, the grapes come from some of the oldest vines on our Golden Mile Bench property. This vintage was crafted with handpicked Merlot, old vine Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and fermented in our Ganimede fermenters for 15 days. These unique Italian tanks use natural carbon dioxide to gently extract colour, tannin and aromatics. The varietals were then gently pressed and following malolactic fermentation aged on fine lees for several months. The lots were then judged, blended and aged for a further 24 months in primarily French oak barrels, 35% of which were new. A deftly balanced wine, with ideal ripeness, acidity and a complexity of flavours, which will cellar gracefully for many years.