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2013 Oculus

2013 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
Black currant, dark plum, and fig layered on top of black licorice and dusty earth details, all lending to beautiful tension and traction.
Winemaker Notes
51% Merlot | 23% Cabernet Sauvignon | 22% Cabernet Franc | 4% Petit Verdot
October 2013
French oak barrels for 14 months
Alcohol %
6.0 g/L
Vintage 2013 was a season of change – early to start, late to finish, and with exceptional flavour potential. A warmer than normal spring brought early budbreak followed by an extremely rainy June that slowed vine growth. Balance was restored with above average temperatures in July and August allowing grapes to mature along a normal ripening curve. The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. In September, heavy rainfall caused significant delays in the grape harvest resulting in our longest picking season ever. Overall, fruit quality was superb for both red and white varietals and the wines are showing excellent balance and character.