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2016 Right Bank

  • Merlot 82% / Cabernet Franc 9.7% / Cabernet Sauvignon 8.3%
  • Merlot Clone 181 Bordeaux, France
  • Cabernet Franc Clone 331 Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 169 Bordeaux, France
  • Alcohol 14.5%
  • Residual Sugar 0.0 g/L
  • Total Acidity 6.2 g/L
  • pH 3.7
  • Brix 30
  • Cases Produced 745
  • Released 2020
  • SKU 052194 

Flavour Profile 

Crafted in a classic “Right Bank” style of Bordeaux, our 100% estate-grown Right Bank is a Merlot-dominant wine with small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in for complexity. The nose shows ripe cherry, black plum, espresso, chocolate, lavender and sage. The full, rich pallet shows plush round soft tannins, wonderful acidity and intense black cherry and plum. A hint of leather, cacao and baking spice can be sensed, finishing with the trademark lengthy Similkameen graphite minerality.  

Growing Conditions 

The 2016 vintage was another unusual record-breaking season, which saw an extremely early spring. The hot, dry temperatures in April and May lead to our earliest bud break and flowering. This was followed by a cooler than normal summer and wet and chilly fall. The moderation in weather, without the intense heat spikes that are typical of Okanagan summers, was beneficial for the grapes in slowing down ripening and allowing for a long hang time into September and October. Some intense wind and hail events in the Similkameen Valley in the fall unfortunately made for challenging harvest conditions. The temperate autumn temperatures, however, enabled ideal flavour development in the grapes, while still retaining the crisp acidity so prized in premium, food friendly wines. Overall, the conditions resulted in quality fruit, and were fantastic for creating wines with elegance, abundant flavour, and lower alcohol. Growing degree days in Cawston from April to October of 2016 were 1,521, above the local twelveyear average of 1,320. 

Terroir and Microclimate 

Located high on a hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Vanessa Vineyards 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. The individual varietals were barrel aged for 8 months prior to blending, then aged and additional 12 months in American and French oak barrels that were medium-plus toast.  Beautiful integration of the soil minerality gives the wine exceptional character and quality.