The Estate Reserve represents Clos du Soleil's top tier of wine, and is a pure expression of a single terroir: our Estate Vineyard on the Upper Bench of Keremeos, in the Similkameen Valley. Very few barrels barrels of this wine are ever produced - a true collector's item.
This was a long, warm vintage, allowing our Bordeaux grape varieties to achieve perfect maturity, particularly given the organic and biodynamic practices utilized in our Estate vineyard. Each variety was hand-harvested separately at peak maturity, gently de-stemmed and crushed, and then gravity-fed into fermentation tanks. All lots went through 100% spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. Each variety was vinified separately, and then matured separately, in 100% French oak barrels (31% new) for 15 months. Following maturation the barrels were blended and left to integrate in tank for 2 months prior to bottling. The wine is entirely unfined and unfiltered. As with all Clos du Soleil wines the focus was on minimal handling and minimal intervention, to best showcase the unique terroir.
On the nose the wine offers a heady blend of cedar, forest undergrowth, and ripe black berry fruit: blackberry, blackcurrant, and Damson plum.
On the palate the wine is full and complex, with waves of blackcurrant, raspberry and blackberry, a note of graphite, firm but fine tannins, and a stony quality to the finish, a clear reflection of the terroir.