Benchmark 2013 1.5L
Wine Club Exclusive
October 12th - November 1st, 2013
Dark plum in colour, this Wine Club classic brings black fruits, blackberry and subtle smoke on the nose. Complex flavours of red cherry, blueberry, and milk chocolate please the taste buds. Long fine tannins and cranberry linger on the finish. This bold blend creates intricacies not seen in past vintages and can surely develop with time.
Finally in 2013, Mother Nature offered us a break from the previous few years of difficult and challenging vintages. The 2013 winter was fairly mild. An early and warm spring saw the vines bud two weeks prior to normal average. The glorious hot spell that arrived for May long weekend found us barely able to keep up with the growth in the vineyards. Our Osoyoos vineyard chardonnay vines started flowering in early June and berry set took place in a record three days. The rest of the vines followed in succession. July proved to be a winner when it came to temperature and intensity. These great growing conditions continued until mid-September when it cooled down significantly. Picking of the fruit was done at peak ripeness and flavour intensity. Overall, 2013 will go on record as a top vintage.
60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc
The Merlot component is from three vineyards all located on the Naramata Bench: Chapman Vineyard, Indian Rock Vineyard and Hudson Vineyard. The Malbec is from the Chapman Vineyard and the Cabernet Franc is from Munson Mountain Vineyard. The bunches were handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. After de-stemming, the berries were hand sorted again to ensure that only perfect fruit was included in the ferment. The three grape varietals 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 use French oak barriques. This wine was aged fifteen months in French oak, the final components of the blend were assembled and returned to barrel for full integration for another three months. Aged for an additional eighteen months in our cellar prior to release.
Ready upon release or cellar up to 10 years.