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.
2012 Oculus is complex and deep, with great purity and elegance. The key to the vintage was to capture the freshness of the fruit, made possible by the cool autumn nights and the subtle use of new French oak. Rich notes of plum, blackberry, boysenberry, leather and spice notes are supported by a dense structure that adds depth. The harmony between fruit, tannins and acidity should allow this to age beautifully.