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2014 Oculus

2014 Oculus

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 int he 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 Osoyoos (100%) vineyard estates from low-yielding vines.  

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Tasting Notes
Notes of brambleberry, bing cherry and dark plum are complimented by hints of tobacco and spice, all held together with great structure and concentration. This vintage is full-bodied with tremendous freshness and length on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Roasted duck breast with grilled vegetables covered in a wild mushroom rosemary sauce.
Winemaker Notes
Appellation
Osoyoos East
Varietals
50% Merlot | 24% Cabernet Franc | 21% Cabernet Sauvignon | 5% Petit Verdot
Harvested
October 2014
Aging
French oak barrels for 15 months
Alcohol %
14.5
TA
5.8 g/L
pH
3.78
Production
The 2014 vintage started well and was near perfect with some calling it the “best ever”! Barrels produced: 91