Our 2014 Red Gold is the product of exceptional care from three grape growers and our winemaker. This wine features a blend of estate Cabernet Franc, estate Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon from Roger Pires’ vineyard in Osoyoos, and Merlot from Blind Creek vineyard in the Similkameen. These three sites produce excellent fruit and the 2014 vintage was among the best in a long time.
Part of the estate Cabernet Franc was using the passimento method. The Cabernet Franc was harvested on racks that are normally used to dry hops. The racks with Cabernet Franc were then placed in a hop-drying barn where they were dried for six weeks driving the concentration of the grapes through the roof. There was an extended cold soak, followed by a long and cool ferment where special yeast was used to try to ferment from 32Brix to dryness.
Pair this wine with the most special of occasions. It is full bodied and rich and will pair beautifully with a special and decadent meal.
This wine should peak around 2020. It is drink ready upon purchase but it will benefit greatly from two years of cellaring after release, around fall 2018.