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2012 Quatrain

2012 Quatrain

QUATRAIN is four lines of verse that we interpret as four varietals giving balance and structure to this wine. We painstakingly managed each vine from distinctblocks to ensure perfect ripeness and opulent flavours from our vineyard estates in eastern Osoyoos (80%) and the Black Sage Bench in Oliver (20%). This unique cuvée was fermented in small, specially designed French oak fermenters. It was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months. 82 barrels produced.

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SKU: 075085
Tasting Notes
This vibrant red displays black cherry and licorice notes which are framed by hints of mint chocolate and orange peel. The 2012 Quatrain is a rich and dense red with a long savoury aftertaste that is reminiscent of mincemeat tarts. Balanced with a firm, earthy finish.
Winemaker Notes
45% Merlot | 21% Syrah | 18% Cabernet Franc | 16% Cabernet Sauvignon
September & October 2012 from our Osoyoos (80%) and Oliver (20%) Estate vineyards.
Vinification Notes
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French oak fermenters. 82 barrels produced.
Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months.
Alcohol %
5.6 g/L
Bottling Date
December 3, 2014
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. Cabernet and Merlot flavours in particular were well developed at an earlier stage of sugar ripeness than in previous years, allowing us to harvest earlier and setting up the winemaking team to create wines that reflect the personality of the vintage, and of course, Mission Hill.