Our 2012 Reserve Shiraz was grown in two of our estate vineyards. Osoyoos, the region’s most southern area, is comprised of arid benchlands that benefit from the lake’s effect providing the region with more than 200 frost-free days. This warm climate allows the grapes to completely ripen for full flavour. Black Sage Bench is a diverse vineyard with more than 60 different individual blocks affording us an amazing array of premium quality fruit.
The 2012 vintage is a reminder that the Okanagan is one of the world’s northern-most serious wine regions. After a generally dry, warm growing season, the last few weeks of harvest cooled considerably. The summer ensured ideal fruit development. Veraison took place under nearly ideal conditions that lasted from mid-August through September. The continuation of mild autumn weather gave promise that the grapes developed thick skins and expectations of flavourful, extracted wines. Harvest began on September 13th with sunny skies and moderate temperatures, delivering the early ripening varieties. The night cooled drastically in late September, preserving the freshness of our top quality grapes bringing welcome respite after an incredibly dry growing season.
Our Reserve Shiraz is inky in colour with aromas of dark fruits, violet, and peppercorn. This vintage is full-bodied with flavours of Bing cherries, rosemary, anise, and brambleberry. A touch of cedar from 14 months of oak barrel aging rounds out the pleasant, long finish.
|13.5% Alc. | R.S. 2.0 g/l | T.A. 65.5 g/l | pH 3.77|
|Oaked:||Aged in American & French oak for 14 months (26% new)|
|Vineyards:||Black Sage Bench (58%), Osoyoos (42%)|