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Legacy Collection Quatrain

Quatrain

Okanagan Valley

Cellar Door Price $65.00

Merlot 45.0%
Syrah 21.0%
Cabernet Franc 18.0%
Cabernet Sauvignon 16.0%
Alcohol 14.2%
Acidity Tartaric 5.6

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%).

Growing Conditions

The 2012 season started well and early Spring conditions were settled with a couple of chilly mornings, but no frost damage. Bud break was nearly on time, but June brought cooler weather with consistent, intermittent rainfall – nearly half of the normal annual precipitation. A warm and dry summer ensured ideal fruit development resulting in slightly reduced workloads in our vineyards. Yields were spot-on and summer pruning (leaf-thinning, etc.) was not as involved as in previous years. Veraison took place under nearly ideal conditions that lasted from mid-August to the end of September. The continuation of mild, sunny autumn weather allowed the grapes to develop thick skins and gave rise to expectations of flavourful, extracted wines. Cabernet and Merlot flavours in particular were well developed at an earlier stage of sugar ripeness than in previous years, allowing us to harvest earlier and setting up the winemaking team to create wines that re ect the personality of the vintage, and of course, Mission Hill.

Winemaking

Fermentation & extended maceration in small French Oak Fermenters.

Aging

Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months | 82 barrels produced.

Harvest

Hand harvested from Osoyoos (80%) & Oliver (20%) vineyards in September & October 2012.

Bottling

Date: 3 December 2014

Palate

This vibrant red displays black cherry and licorice notes which are framed by hints of mint chocolate and orange peel. The 2012 Quatrain is a rich and dense red with a long savoury aftertaste that is reminiscent of mincemeat tarts. Balanced with a firm, earthy finish.


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