2017 Heritage Block
Drink now and over the next 8 years.
Inviting dark cherry notes with a touch of cedar and wild Okanagan sage. Red fruit dominated palate with plenty of ripe tannins and juicy acidity which make this a great red to be paired with a broad range of grilled fare.
Gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition Bronze medal at the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada
Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot- Plut Vineyard - East Bench, Osoyoos / soils - sandy loam Cabernet Franc - Suncrest Vineyard, Tuc-el-Nuit Road, Oliver / soils - gravels and course glacial till) & Red Brick Vineyard, East Bench, Osoyoos / soils - sandy loam Cabernet Sauvignon - Suncrest Vineyard, Tuc-el-Nuit Road, Oliver / soils - gravels and course glacial till
All lots of fruit were harvested separately, bunch sorted, destemmed and gravity transferred to 1 T fermenters. Approximately 50% of the berries were left whole and uncrushed. After a 48 hour cold soak, the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeast culture. The cap was punched down by hand 3-6 time daily and at the ideal tannin extraction, the must was drained of free run juice and the skins were lightly pressed. The wine continued its alcohol fermentation in a combination of 2nd - 4th fill American and French oak through to dryness and then proceeded through Malolactic conversion prior to being racked and returned to barrel. It was left to mature undisturbed for 18 months before being blended, filtered and bottled.
A Bordeaux-style blend, it has the supple softness and fruit of Merlot, the lifted notes of bouquet from Cabernet Franc and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon. Small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec provide additional complexity.