Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2013

"Utilizing all five Bordeaux varietals, with nearly half Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a gorgeous red blend from the Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. It shows a range of dark and red fruits on the nose with interesting herbs, spice, tobacco and leather notes. It’s refined on the palate, not heavy, with intense berries and interwoven with balancing spice and fine tannins. Nicely balanced and drinking fine now with room to improve - 91 points, Rick Vansickle, October 2016.

"The Oldfield family’s vision, investment and expertise continues to show with this Left Bank Bordeaux-style red from their estate plantings in British Columbia’s Southern Okanagan on the Black Sage Bench and Golden Mile Bench. Cabernet Sauvignon (47%), Cabernet Franc (24%), Merlot (20%), Malbec (6%) and Petit Verdot come together for aromas of huckleberry, violets and vanilla with cedar and white pepper. Black currant and Marionberry flavors bring juicy acidity and a pleasant crunch of blackberry seed tannin. Rating: Excellent" - Great Northwest Wines, March 2017.

Double Gold Medal 94 points - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017
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Aromatics take a bit to open up but yield a wonderful complex range of spice and dark fruit. Blueberry pie from the Cabernet Sauvignon and dried herbs and cigar tobacco from the Cabernet Franc. Palate is structured but showing really nice blue and black fruit. The wine is wonderfully balanced, powerful with very fine tannins giving length and staying power.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromatics take a bit to open up but yield a wonderful complex range of spice and dark fruit. Blueberry pie from the Cabernet Sauvignon and dried herbs and cigar tobacco from the Cabernet Franc. Palate is structured but showing really nice blue and black fruit. The wine is wonderfully balanced, powerful with very fine tannins giving length and staying power.
Ratings
*90 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec 2017 *90 points - "deep ruby colour; earthy, spicy, black raspberry nose with cedary-floral notes; medium-bodied, elegant, beautifully balanced with resolved tannins and a rich flavour of blueberry pie" - Tony Aspler, The Wine Guy, October 2016. *91 points - "Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels and then for a further 12 months in bottle prior to release, the 2Bench Red is a drink-now delight with lightly-smoked, mannered tannins and a dark fruit'n'herb-infused profile on the expressive nose and lively palate. The final blend for the 2013 vintage is comprised of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and for the first time in recent memory. 6% of Malbec was included. Together the varieties create a complete wine with good complexity and length, perfect for holiday entertaining or Sunday roasts" - Liam Carrier, Icon Scores, Nov 2016
Awards
Double Gold Medal 94pts - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 Silver Medal - Cascadia Wine Competition 2017.
Vineyard Notes
Another beautiful, warm, dry summer along with a cool autumn, means another great growing season for our Bordeaux grape varieties. There was almost zero disease or pest pressure on the vineyard this year, and the grapes were allowed to hang until achieving optimal ripeness in early October. The vineyard required some shoot thinning in the spring to control the yield and then we opened up the canopy early with leaf pulling on the eastern facing (morning sun) side of the blocks. Some minor green harvesting was completed at the start of veraison to ensure even ripening at picking time.
Production Notes
The grapes were destemmed and crushed before cold settling on skins for three days. The wine was inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally and then temperature was maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wines were then pressed to older barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase. The wines were kept on the lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. The wine was then aged in bottle for a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great blend.
Production
Cases made: 1684
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Okanagan Valley
Harvest Date
October 2013
Acid
5.85
pH
3.81
Aging
Cellaring potential: 10-15 years
Bottling Date
June 2015
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
14
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Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2013