Deep purple colour that is opaque in the glass. Rich and savory nose of soy and Asian spices, with a subtle white pepper lift. Lots of blackberries and currants give a deep brooding nose. Palate has a brightness to it with plenty of pretty red berry fruit, dried herbs and a deep espresso richness in the finish. Lots of grip and heat give this wine plenty of power and length.
GOLD - National Wine Awards Canada. SILVER - Intervin Awards
After back to back cooler than average vintages, 2012 was a welcome return to typical warm Okanagan summer and cool autumn. The vineyards were in very good condition leading up to harvest and there was little to no sorting of fruit in the vineyard or winery. Some minor green harvesting was completed at the start of veraison to ensure even ripening at picking time.
The grapes were destemmed before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine was then 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 new and second fill French Oak barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase; and kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. It was then aged in bottle for a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
Cases made: 180