2014 Right Bank
- Merlot 77% / Cabernet Franc 14% /
- Cabernet Sauvignon 9%
- Merlot Clone 181 Bordeaux, France
- Cabernet Franc Clone 331 Pyrénées-Atlanliques, France
- Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 169 Bordeaux, France
- Alcohol 14.9%
- Residual Sugar 1.0 g/L
- Total Acidity 6.8 g/L
- pH 3.6
- Brix 30
- Cases Produced 1,090
- Released 2017
- SKU 052194
An exemplary “goldilocks” season, which saw an early and dry start to the spring, a pleasant summer with no huge heat spikes, and a temperate autumn. Despite being one of the warmest seasons on record, the lack of heat spikes enabled a nice and consistent ripening of the fruit. The cooler temperatures in September were beneficial in slowing sugar development while still allowing for tannin and flavour maturation, creating a beautifully balanced vintage. Our viticulture team harvested two weeks earlier than any previous year, yet exceptional fruit quality and flavours were achieved in our Similkameen Valley reds. Growing degree days from April to October of 2014 in Cawston were 1,666, well above the local ten-year average of 1,261.
Terroir and Microclimate
Located high on a hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Vanessa Vineyard’s grapes are cultivated on 75 acres of sloping, well-drained, rocky terrain. The vines grow in rows of rocks, absorbing the day heat and imparting that warmth during the cooler nights. Planted in a west to southwest exposure, the rocky vineyard basks in the afternoon sun. Ideally situated, the vineyard benefits from a long growing season, with low yields of intensely ripe fruit. The unique stony site produces fruit with complex flavours and minerality that are truly distinctive.
Crafted from only 100% estate grown and hand-picked fruit, the grapes were destemmed and underwent a gentle crush before small-batch fermentation and hand punch down to maximize flavour and extraction. This cuvée is almost entirely comprised of free run juice with only a small quantity of pressed juice added to balance the tannins. Fermented and barrel aged for 26 months in 90% new American and French oak barrels that were medium-plus toast. Beautiful integration of the soil minerality gives the wine exceptional character and quality.
Crafted in a classic “Right Bank” style of Bordeaux, this is a Merlot-dominate Meritage with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon rounding out the blend. Deep garnet in colour with seductive aromas which promise brambly fruit, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries with smoky notes. The rich palate shows ripe black cherries, blackberries and a dusting of cocoa with a lingering, pleasing finish. An elegant 100% estate wine, this generous vintage demands full flavoured dishes or try with Entrecôte Bordelaise.