2010 Oculus 1.5L
Spicy oak aromas greet the nose, while concentrated flavours of black currant, plum and graphite are buried underneath. The subtle use of French oak lends the wine a smooth, textured character that allows the fruit to shine. Very vibrant, with refined tannins and a lingering finish of fruit, spice and mineral, the 2010 Oculus is a compelling combination of power and finesse.
51% Merlot | 26% Cabernet Sauvignon | 23% Cabernet Franc
October 2010 from our Osoyoos & Oliver Estate vineyards.
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French oak fermenters.
Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months.
Bottled on: September 18, 2012
While the 2010 growing season presented some significant challenges, the estate vineyards on the east-side of Osoyoos Lake and Black Sage Bench overcame the late bud break, cool conditions during flowering, and an unusually cool summer, eventually yielding some exceptional fruit, albeit at moderately reduced yields. Tight pruning regimes and careful vine and irrigation management all came to the fore in allowing the relatively low-yielding “Oculus blocks” to reach desired maturation levels with optimal phenolic ripeness.