As with our 2020 Carmenere, the volume of Cabernet grapes in our home Shady Lagoon vineyard was small. After a long-wet spring, first half of July continued with cooler than average temperature. Fortunately, August was hot reaching temperature of 40 degrees C. Fall continued with ideal ripening temperatures and was thankfully void of fires.
As with our previous vintages, all three varieties of grapes were fermented separately including the Syrah grapes we source from Red Brick vineyard on the east side of Lake Osoyoos. Our 2020 proprietary blend was assembled mid September 2021 and aged in barrels further 8 months until bottling at the end of June 2021.
Our blend is always Cabernet dominant, so that the robust dark blue and rich black fruits waft out of the glass first. There are further spicy, peppery, and herby aroma contributions from Syrah and Carmenere which are this vintage 20% of the blend, respectively. Additional flavours of blueberry skins and licorice continue to round out and persist on the palate. Concentrated and grounded length with already supple tannins provide a subtle lift on the finish.
With later cooler fall temperatures, a pairing of a classic Italian bean/pasta soup with sage comes to mind. We suggest cellaring all our red wines for at least a decade. However, they are to be enjoyed at release and beyond.
Senka Tennant, winemaker
*limit of 6 bottles per order
Cases Produced: 235
- Alc: 14.5%
- pH: 3.82
- TA: 6.6
Harvest Date: October 15th - 20th, 2020
Bottling Date: June 27th, 2022
17 months in 85% French Oak, 25% new. Unfined & unfiltered.
Additional Tasting Notes
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère and Syrah. This is a concentrated wine which will need decanting if opened this fall; the structure suggests the wine will age superbly. Now, it displays aromas and flavours of plum, fig, black currant and dark chocolate. 94
John Schreiner, Author, Wine Critic