QUATRAIN is four lines of verse that we interpret as four varietals giving balance and structure to this wine. We painstakingly managed each vine from distinct blocks to ensure perfect ripeness and opulent avours from our vineyard estates in eastern Osoyoos (80%) and the Black Sage Bench in Oliver (20%).
Spring began cooler-than-usual but warm and dry conditions prevailed providing the ideal growing conditions and ripening weather. The sandy, free-draining and low-vigour soils combined with precision viticulture to optimize growing conditions and, ultimately, wine quality. Despite the cooling La Niña influence during the 2008 growing season, a remarkable warm and dry September allowed for extended ripening and flavour development. Harvest for Quatrain in our southern vineyards in Oliver and Osoyoos commenced in late October. The grapes benefited from a longer hang time in the vineyards, which produced increased complexity as well as intensity and the resulting wine shows impressive depth, structure and character which will provide for excellent aging potential.
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French Oak Fermenters.
Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months.
Hand harvested from Oliver & Osoyoos vineyards in October 2008.
Date: 28 September 2010
Notes of plum, dark cherry, blueberries and pepper fill the glass, along with subtle hints of licorice, clove, tobacco and vanilla.
The 2008 Quatrain is full bodied, yet soft and approachable with fine tannins and a round, fruit forward palate. This well-structured wine displays fine tannins and bright acidity to frame its exotic spice and ripe fruit notes.