Deep plum in colour, our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts enticing aromas of red currant, black berry and raspberry leaves. The palate strikes a nice balance between ripe, spicy dark cherry and currant flavours, with modest, fine-grained tannins and a round mid-palate.
2014 was a stellar Okanagan vintage. Budburst was three weeks earlier than normal due to mild winter and spring temperatures. Rapid early growth continued through a hot and dry summer into early August, giving our vineyard crews plenty of time for precision irrigation and rigorous yield management. Ultimately, we harvested a high-quality crop, with all vineyards picked at optimum ripeness with great flavour and sugar/acid balance. “Overall, this has been one of the warmest, driest growing seasons”, said winemaker Stefan Arnason.” Because of the warmer than average temperatures, Stefan is upbeat about a vintage that delivered concentration, but also structure, a fact which suits him just fine. “Quality and consistency across the board”, he says, “the chemistry was simple in 2014 and the flavours are incredible.”
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Traditional Bordeaux vinification techniques have been used to create an elegant and age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is a true expression of varietal and the Okanagan Valley’s
terroir. Bunches were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. After destemming, the berries were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The grapes were crushed, held cold for four days and then fermented separately. 25% of the wine spent time in new French oak barriques. The remainder of the wine saw a combination of one and two year old French oak barriques. This wine was barrel-aged for fifteen months before the final components of the blend were assembled and returned to integrate in barrel for another three months. Aged for an additional twenty-four months prior to release.
Fresh and vigorous in its youth, this 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from 2-3 years bottle development and can be cellared for up to 15 years.