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, our oculus provides the only natural light into our underground barrel cellar, blasted out of volcanic rock that is otherwise hidden from the world. Our complex Oculus Bordeaux-style wine is the result of meticulous selection in the vineyard estate with grapes that have been specifically nurtured for this rare wine.
Aged in 100% French Oak Barrels for 15 months.
Harvested from Osoyoos & Oliver Vineyards in late September thru October 17th, 2004.
Oculus epitomizes exquisite balance, managing to be distinctively complex and concentrated yet elegantly styled, with a smooth, polished texture. The signature of the wine is the multiplicity of layers that unfold into decadent plum, blackberry and chocolate notes. The distinguishing rich, loamy earthiness and fine ripe tannins provide structure and mingle with lush fruit, ensuring that the wine will develop additional complexity over many years. If enjoying Oculus in its youth, we suggest decanting prior to serving.