The 2015 growing season started with a sigh of relief from the second of two very cold winters. March carried the cooler temperatures which led to a later start to the season. April and May were of the seasonal norm, followed by a wet June and very dry July. August and September brought back favourable conditions allowing the vines to get back on a normal ripening schedule. October rains dictated picking times, but thankfully warm temperatures persisted throughout the fall, allowing later ripening varieties the time and temperatures they needed. Although yields were down, we harvested great quality across the board. A vintage showing classic cool climate character.
Colour is deep ruby. Aromas of ripe cherry, black pepper and subtle oak spice. On the palate, the wine is soft and round with medium+ acidity and polished tannins. Floral and perfumed notes show through with an emphasis on red berry and cherry fruit. The pepper and spice persist Medium-long finish. Tasted June, 2017
A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 9% Syrah and 4% Pinot Noir. The fruit was harvested and de-stemmed into a variety of vessel types. Grapes were soaked on skins before fermentation commenced. Each component was fermented and aged separately for 18-24 months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels.