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Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2014
Firm and graceful, this polished red delivers a core of black currant, dark plum, and fig layered on top of black liquorice and dusty earth details, all lending to the flavour’s tension and traction. Despite the wine’s dense, dark, and brooding personality, it is graceful and elegant with restrained oak influence and seamless integration of all elements.
An Oculus was first used by the Romans in buildings like the Pantheon – a window in a dome or wall to the outside.
At Mission Hill, an Oculus provides the only natural light into the underground barrel cellar, blasted out of volcanic rock that is otherwise hidden from the world.
This complex Bordeaux-style wine is the result of meticulous selection in the vineyard estate with grapes that have been specifically nurtured for this rare wine. Hand-sorted grapes are gravity-filled into specially constructed French oak fermenters before gently laying the wine to rest in individual barrels. Rich and powerful, this wine was sourced from designated Oculus blocks in the Osoyoos (100%) vineyard estates from low-yielding vines.
Notes of brambleberry, bing cherry and dark plum are complimented by hints of tobacco and spice, all held together with great structure and concentration. This vintage is full-bodied with tremendous freshness and length on the finish.
50% Merlot | 24% Cabernet Franc | 21% Cabernet Sauvignon | 5% Petit Verdot
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French Oak Fermenters. 79 barrels produced.
Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months
Alcohol % 14.3
TA: 5.8 g/L
The 2014 vintage started well and was near perfect with some calling it the “best ever”! Barrels produced: 91