2012 QUATRAIN is four lines of verse that we interpret as four varietals giving balance
and structure to this wine. We painstakingly managed each vine from distinct
blocks to ensure perfect ripeness and opulent flavours from our vineyard estates in
eastern Osoyoos (80%) and the Black Sage Bench in Oliver (20%). This unique
cuvée was fermented in small, specially designed French oak fermenters. It was
aged in French oak barrels for 14 months. 82 barrels produced.
The 2012 season started well and early Spring conditions were settled with a couple of
chilly mornings, but no frost damage. Bud break was nearly on time, but June brought
cooler weather with consistent, intermittent rainfall – nearly half of the normal annual
precipitation. A warm and dry summer ensured ideal fruit development resulting in
slightly reduced workloads in our vineyards. Yields were spot-on and summer pruning
(leaf-thinning, etc.) was not as involved as in previous years. Veraison took place
under nearly ideal conditions that lasted from mid- August to the end of September.
The continuation of mild, sunny autumn weather allowed the grapes to develop thick
skins and gave rise to expectations of flavourful, extracted wines. Cabernet and Merlot
flavours in particular were well developed at an earlier stage of sugar ripeness than in
previous years, allowing us to harvest earlier and setting up the winemaking team to
create wines that reflect the personality of the vintage, and of course, Mission Hill.
This vibrant red displays black cherry and licorice notes which are framed by
hints of mint chocolate and orange peel. The 2012 Quatrain is a rich and dense
red with a long savoury aftertaste that is reminiscent of mincemeat tarts. Balanced
with a firm, earthy finish.
45% Merlot, 21% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.2% | Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l
Hand harvested from Osoyoos (80%) & Oliver (20%) vineyards
in September & October 2012
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French Oak Fermenters
Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months | 82 barrels produced
Bottled on December 03, 2014