An OCULUS was first used by the Romans in buildings like the Pantheon - a window in a dome or wall to the outside. At Mission Hill, our oculus provides the only natural light into our underground barrel cellar, blasted out of volcanic rock that is otherwise hidden from the world. Our complex Oculus Bordeaux-style wine is the result of meticulous selection in the vineyard estate with grapes that have been specifically nurtured for this rare wine. Hand-sorted grapes are gravity-filled into specially constructed French oak fermenters before gently laying the wine to rest in individual barrels. Rich and powerful, this wine was sourced from designated Oculus blocks in our eastern Osoyoos (89%) and Oliver (11%) vineyard estates from low-yielding vines.
The 2008 Oculus shows great complexity on the nose with aromas of black currants, violets, figs and cedar. The rich, full bodied palate shows multiple layers of fruit, spice and earth notes. Flavours of blackberry, anise, dried earth, forest floor and mocha are all framed by ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity making this wine at once opulent and fresh. The pinnacle of winemaking and grape growing at Mission Hill, Oculus is the epitome of power, balance and elegance.