Mission Hill Family Estate
Estate Series Cabernet-Merlot
$21.50* Suggested retail price
About this winery
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve wines are elegant and balanced, reflecting our passion and commitment to viticultural and winemaking excellence. The limited quantity wines are produced from select vineyard properties and showcase the distinctiveness of the world-renowned Okanagan Valley.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot join to create a balanced blend that provides both grace and complexity. Cassis and red currant aromas on the nose compliment the vanilla, lavender, and Tobacco notes present from oak aging. In a word – smooth.
The 2014 vintage started well and was near perfect. 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. 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 with all varieties to ripening 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.