2014 Reserve Limited Edition Cabernet Shiraz
Our Reserve Cabernet Shiraz highlights the myriad of flavours from our estate vineyards and the breadth that more that three decades of farming here has taught us. Flavours of strawberries, violets and white pepper combine in a vanilla-kissed finish that lasts all night. A magical meeting of power and sophistication.
Our 2014 Reserve Cabernet Shiraz was sourced from two of our estate vineyards. The Oliver Vineyard estate is a diverse vineyard with more than 60 different individual blocks affording us an amazing array of premium quality fruit. Osoyoos, the regions’s most southern area, is comprised of arid benchlands that benefit from the Osoyoos Lake effect giving the area more than 200 frost-free days. This warm climate allows our Bordeaux and red varietals to completely ripen for full flavour.
54% Cabernet Sauvignon | 36% Shiraz | 5% Cabernet Franc | 5% Merlot
13 months in French & American oak
The 2014 vintage started well and was near perfect with some calling it the “best ever”! Winter and spring rains followed by encouraging July weather allowed the vines to focus on berry-set along with growing bunches. Hot weather in the summer months and an absence of rain saw the vine respond appropriately, with canopies in excellent balance, however, well thought out drip irrigation was a saviour this year, allowing the vines to maintain sufficient health to ripen. The dry, warm and hot summer produced good growth permitting all varieties to ripen with excellent balance. Cooler autumn months along with further assistance by rigorous leaf plucking and bunch thinning helped promote distinct varietal flavours. When the Okanagan’s warmest and driest growing season concluded on November 4th, it was judged as challenging but ultimately rewarding. Vineyards lived up to their pedigrees producing outstanding wines for the 2014 vintage.