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VANESSA VINEYARD - 19 BARRELS
BLEND: Cabernet Franc (71.5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%), Merlot (14.0%)
Bright garnet in colour with an ever-changing bouquet of sweet pipe tobacco, vanilla extract, roasted coffee bean, dark plum, black cherry, sweet spice and oak. This full-bodied wine has firm drying tannins, great structure and rich fruit flavours. Rich fruit flavours of blackberry and black cherry mingle with spice, oak, black tea and cocoa notes. Notes of black tea, black currant, cocoa powder and spicy oak linger on the extra-dry finish.
While still young, enjoy with medium rare red meats including lamb and beef, or a cheese platter which includes three to five-year-old Canadian cheddar and other hard aged cheeses; after a few years in the cellar (2022 and beyond) enjoy with hearty winter stews, braised meats, roasted leg of lamb, or 70% dark chocolate. Decanting is recommended if drinking now through 2021.
A cool, wet spring gave way to a late start to the growing season, which led directly into a hot summer with a record breaking dry spell. This accelerated the ripening, bringing the fruit back on track. September brought cooler weather, slowing the ripening and allowing a good window for picking. This resulted in wines that are more balanced with lower alcohols and higher natural acidity. Overall, the 2017 vintage was lower in heat units than 2016 but still higher than average.
“We call this wine Sandhill One because it was the first of our Bordeaux style blends made. The Vanessa Vineyard showcased rich, riper fruit expressions in the 2017 vintage; our legendary ‘One’ has a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc in 2017, adding more complex aromatics, to complement the dark fruit and structure of this wine.” - Sandy Leier, Winemaker
Residual Sugar: 0.4 g/L
Awards & Ratings
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, Silver Medal
The 2016 vintage was a featured wine in October's Wine Club package, 2020.
Geographical Indication: BC VQA Similkameen Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Franc (37.6%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34.8%), Merlot (21.6%), Syrah (6%)
Vineyard: Vanessa Vineyard, Similkameen Valley
Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/L
Cases Produced: 875
Appearance: Semi-opaque. Deep ruby core.
Nose: Plum, dark berries, smoke, spice, with an herbal note.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Dry. Savoury. Plum, blackcurrant, black pepper, black tea, smoke, and a hint of green pepper. Well-balanced with a smooth finish.
Quality: 90 points. Drink now or cellar for 1-2 years. Decant well.
Food Pairing: Cheese ravioletti in a creamy tomato sauce, beef and cannellini bean minestrone, sweet and sour pork sliders, baseball top sirloin with asiago rice, and oven-roasted beef brisket.