Varieties: Cabernet Franc (96%), Syrah (4%)
Region: Okanagan Valley, VQA
Bottle size: 750 mL
Generous fruit and stoney aromas follow through on the palate which shows great balance of fruit and minerality. The tannins are very fine – present, but not aggressive. The finish is long, with refreshing minerality. This is an elegant and beautiful wine that Michael feels is one of the best red wines that he has ever showcased.
Nose: Fruit and stoney aromas.
Mouth: Fine tannins and refreshing minerality.
Winemaker: Michael Bartier
Growing conditions: On the lower side of Black Sage Road between Oliver and Osoyoos, the Cerqueira vineyard has a gentle West facing slope. The soils are a dense loam topsoil with limestone (calcium carbaonate) covered granite cobbles throughout a deep profile. With the rough surface of the calcium carbonate, water stressed vine roots seek out these rocks for the small amount of water to be found on this surface. The Cabernet Franc block in particular is remarkable in its vine balance; the vines grow with no excessive vigour, allowing the vines' energy to be focussed on the fruit quality and intensity.
Winemaking notes: Harvested Oct. 30 in cool, dry conditions, the fruit was immediately crushed with approximately 20% of the berries left whole. Fermentation was allowed to start on its own at a cool temperature which eventually peaked at 28 degrees Celcius at mid fermentation. Delestage and punch downs were done twice per day until the last quarter of fermentation, at which point they were reduced to a very gentle and quick once per day. Malolactic fermentation completed prior to pressing. The wine was pressed directly to neutral French thin stave barrels for 15 months of ageing.
Drinking window: 2015 - 2023