Hiatus Red Blend 2014
Pentâge Winery
Region: Okanagan Valley

90-Wine Align
Tasting Notes

Rich and luxurious, with aromas of black plum, ripe Bing cherry, juicy raspberry and strawberry and baking spice. On the palate, this full-bodied red replays the plum and red berries, along with black currant and cassis. There is some oak vanilla, but it is wound in with the fruit to accentuate, not dominate. There is some mild tannic grip, but the extra aging shows through and those tannins are very soft. Pair with braised short rib or pepperoni pizza.

A proprietary blend, highlighted by the classic Bordeaux grapes (Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot) as well as some other international varities like Tempranillo and Petite Sirah.

Skaha Bench is a mountainous subregion of the Okanagan Valley, in the heart of British Columbia. The days here can be extremely hot, which allows for full phenolic ripeness. The glacier-fed Skaha Lake forms a protective microclimate bubble during the cool evenings, which helps maintain the acidity necessary for balance. This region, near Penticton, is home to some of the most iconic wineries in Canada.

Vistaridge was the original estate vineyard. Set against the stunning backdrop of glacier-fed Skaha Lake and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the soil is a mix of loose sand, silt and stone-free glacial sediment. The vines are planted north to south to get the most of the midday sun, in the seldom-used Lyre trellising system. Dirty Dozen Vineyard, purchased in 2007, has a similar soil composition to Vistaridge, but is planted with the Geneva Double Curtain trellising system which allows for more sunlight to hit the grape clusters.

Hand-harvested and hand-sorted grapes are vinified separately, with regular manual punchdowns to extract colour and tannin. They were then all aged separately for 18 months in a combination of new and second fill French and American oak barrels before the final assemblage and bottling.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Grenache

Classification: N/A

Orientation: North to South

Appellation: Skaha Bench

Gradient: N/A

Soil: Silt, sand and glacial sediment

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 14

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable