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Made entirely from exceptionally ripe Merlot that was hand harvested from our Osoyoos East Bench vineyard in early October 2012. The fruit was destemmed, left uncrushed and gravity transferred into shallow open top fermenters. During the entire maceration of the whole berry fruit, it was foot trodden 3 times daily in ordered to gently extract tannins and colour while avoiding astringency. Midway through the fermentation, barrel aged grape spirits were added to arrest the fermentation process and preserve the natural sugars in the wine. The free run wine was then drawn off, and the marc was basket pressed into older American oak barrels. The wine was then left to mature for 12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.