Spring was cooler and later than usual which delayed budburst, but with an overall fruit set that was quite good. A long run of dry, warm weather followed in the summer helping accelerate ripening. Ideal grape growing conditions continued into fall through all of September, which saw record warm temperatures and enabled a long hang-time on the vines. Harvest began on September 16 and finished November 3, with the Icewine picked just over a month later in early December. The warm autumn temperatures gave us whites with big, ripe tropical flavours and reds that show juicy tannin development.
Our 2009 Regatta #1 Red is balanced and rich in texture, with aromas of black fruit and a hint of spice. Lush fruit flavours and a touch of cocoa lead to a lingering finish.
Food Pairing Notes
This Red blend is perfectly paired with warm comforting foods. Try pairing with roasted vegetables, red sauced pastas or hearty stews.
|63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 14% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Shiraz|
|13.5% Alc. | R.S. 3.3 g/l | T.A. 5.6 g/l | 750 mL|
|Oaked:||Aged in American & French oak for 8 months|
|Harvest:||October & November 2009|
|Vineyards:||Oliver & Osoyoos|