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.
The season got off to a relatively cool yet frost-free beginning with budburst and flowering occuring under ideal conditions. Summer was an Okanagan classic with low humidity and above average heat which continued through October. Crop thinning achieved target yields and outstanding quality in the vineyards. Crush officially started on September 8th, one of the earliest on record, and finished on November 2nd when winter arrived with sub-zero tempera- tures. An early Icewine harvest on November 28th and 29th was the fitting conclusion to one of the best Okanagan harvests ever. With white wines demonstrating refreshing character and strength and red wines' ripeness and depth of flavour and colour, 2006 is a year to remember.
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French Oak Fermenters.
Aged in French Oak Barrels for 14.5 months.
Hand harvested from Osoyoos & Oliver vineyards in October 2006.
Date: 10 September 2008
Captivating aromas of black cherry fruit, dark chocolate and shaved vanilla bean lead the way for densely packed flavours of blackberries, plum and bittersweet ganache.
Deep, complex, intense and concentrated. The long, full, persistent finish has ripe and well-integrated tannins providing a rich, inviting mouthfeel and the structure to hold up well over the next decade or more.