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Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus
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Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaAs spring arrives earlier, and warmer, it’s only natural the biggest Okanagan reds in the south will continue to profit from extended ripening time. In the case of Oculus 2014, it has allowed for optimal ripening of the 50/24/21/5 blend of merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, fermented and aged in French oak fermenters and barrels respectively. In 2014 all the fruit is from designated Oculus blocks in the MHFE Osoyoos Vineyard. Winemaker Darryl Brooker has tinkered with the formula, dropping the new oak to 25 percent and upping the cabernet franc count to 25 percent. The fruit is more exuberant, showy actually, with rich, spicy, red currant, Bing cherries blueberries and plum flavours flecked with tobacco. The tannins are the best yet showing density and a suppleness that will be well received by consumers. This wine is just getting started, but the early prognosis is excellent. Cellar a decade before you begin to assess the full charm of this wine.Tasted: 22 August 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 135.00 winery direct Producer: Mission Hill Family EstateDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Petit VerdotCSPC: 31289UPC: 776545981486