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 in the 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 eastern Osoyoos (94%) and Oliver (6%) vineyard estates from low-yielding vines. Aged 14 months in small French oak barrels followed by an additional 15 months in bottle prior to release. 76 barrels produced.
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.