Red garnet in colour with aromas redolent of wild berries and the subtle integration of oak. This wine’s intricate flavour profile develops with every sip. The palate is firm yet supple; refined chalky tannins balance the lingering black currant and dark chocolate flavours.
2015 was another fantastic year for viticulture in the Okanagan. Winter ended early giving the grapes a head start and a longer growing season than normal. Spring was warmer than average, reminiscent of the record breaking 1998 season. This translated into our first bud break happening at the beginning of April. Summer was a hot one and our vineyard crews worked hard to control vine vigour by managing soil moisture levels. The last week of August brought the first major hurdle for 2015: the prevailing haze actually cooled the valley’s grape-growing areas and slowed ripening which, in turn, favoured flavour development and silky tannins. The overall consensus throughout the Okanagan Valley was that 2015 was the warmest growing season on record.
90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec
Traditional Bordeaux vinification techniques have been used to create an elegant and age-worthy Cabernet Franc. For each of the component lots, bunches were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. The berries were crushed separately and cold soaked for two days before fermentation. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel over the winter and finished in the spring of the following year. The wines from each vineyard lot were kept separate in 30% new oak and a combination of two to three year old French oak barrels for twenty one months. Our Cabernet Franc was further developed in bottle for eighteen months prior to release.
Ready upon release or cellar up to 10 years.