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 in the vineyard estate with grapes that have been specifically nurtured for this rare wine.
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Vivid and fragrant, the nose is generous with a bouquet of intense black fruits, from currant to ripe blackberries, with a herbaceous nuance. Layers of earthy character follows, with cigar box and liquorice complexity. The firm tannin structure lends itself to a long, rich and savoury finish.
The 2017 harvest, lasting 66 days, was one of extremes. The harvest started later than anticipated, with a cool, wet spring. However, a record-breaking dry spell followed in July and August, with temperatures well above seasonal norms. This warm, dry summer resulted in a crop of small, concentrated, berries that should produce wines of exceptional depth and intensity. The harvest concluded on October 30, yielding a crop reminiscent of the incredible 2009 vintage.
Varietals | Merlot 49%, Cabernet Sauvignon 26%, Cabernet Franc 25%
Estate | 99% Osoyoos, 1% Oliver
Fermentation | Fermentation and extended maceration in small French oak fermenters – a small portion fermented in a concrete fermenter
Maturation | 548 days in French oak Barriques
Cellaring | Optimal until 2032
ABV | 14.5%
TA | 5.9 g/L
PH | 3.62
We offer complimentary shipping across Canada, however we do not to ship to Quebec, Nunavut or the Northwest Territories.
Our wines are delivered by our courier partner, ATS Healthcare, in a temperature controlled environment to ensure the highest quality product when it arrives to your door.
Our wine orders can be picked-up at the winery. We have a no-touch pick-up area at the entrance of the winery.