|Drinking Start Year||2009|
|Drinking End Year||2019|
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.
Our southern vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos enjoyed benevolent spring weather conditions resulting in timely bloom and excellent fruit set. The sandy, free-draining and low-vigour soils combined with precision viticulture to optimize growing conditions and, ultimately, wine quality. Despite the onset of the cooling La Nina influence in autumn, our vineyard teams successfully extended ripening and flavour development into an early November harvest. This provided for exceptional berry growth and ripeness and resulted in excellent tannins and colour.
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French Oak Fermenters.
Aged in French Oak Barrels for 16.5 months.
Hand harvested from Osoyoos & Oliver Vineyards into early November 2007.
Date: 16 October 2009
The 2007 Oculus is a triumph of power and purity, with deep, haunting aromas of both red and dark fruits, fresh tobacco leaf, leather, maple and hints of nutmeg.
The immense palate shows black raspberry, milk chocolate, cassis and allspice, all framed by ultra fine tannins and balancing acidity. The finish is endless, hinting that this wine will continue to improve over the next five years and last well beyond a decade.