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%).
The late spring and delayed bud burst notwithstanding, a dry June, steady summer warmth and picture-perfect autumn weather made for an early harvest of exceptional quality. The hottest August and September on record were counterbalanced by an unprecedented Arctic outflow on October 10th, which brought vintage 2009 to a swift conclusion requiring patience, steadfastness and resourcefulness from our picking crews. Harvest for Quatrain took place in our southern vineyards in Osoyoos and Oliver. These estate vineyards feature a dry growing season with hot summer days tempered by cool nights. The high day-night temperature differential average of 15°C (59°F) in the weeks before harvest trigger a high concentration of polyphenols, creating wines with great flavour and colour intensity. State-of-the-art receiving facilities enabled varieties to be harvested with careful efficiency at optimum ripeness.
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: 29 September 2011
Notes of plum, dark cherry, blueberries and pepper fill the glass, along with subtle hints of licorice, clove, tobacco and vanilla.
The 2009 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.