Blind Trust Red 2017
A blind trust is a financial trust in which the executors have full discretion over the assets, and the trust beneficiaries have no knowledge of the holdings of the trust. In this case, our Blind Trust is a wine in which the winemaker has full discretion over the blend, so you’ll just have to trust us.
The Blind Trust is the second label of our big Bordeaux inspired blends. It’s robust taste profile and affordable pricing make it a solid investment.
Always a secretive blend, the 2017 vintage has a vibrant juiciness and is round on the palate. It has a nice equilibrium between fresh fruit and oak integration. It is inviting and has a dark blue spectrum of field berry, cassis, and blackberry. It also hints at some mocha and leathery tobacco.
INSIDER TIP: Blind taste the Blind Trust and try to guess the varietals before disclosing the assets which are kept under wrap and seal of the capsule.
Grapes are handpicked and hand sorted both by cluster and berry upon arrival at the winery. Fermentation is done mainly in stainless steel, but also using oak fermenters and extended maceration on some lots. Each varietal stays in barrel for 15 months and then the barrels are selected, blended, and bottled. This is an approachable wine early on but can also be cellared 5-7 years.
If you want to blind taste the Blind Trust, read no further. Spoiler alert: 42% Merlot, 35% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Syrah to create a multi-layered, complex wine. We haven't had a blend like this since 2009.
2017 brought some wild weather. One of the coldest winters we’ve experienced in years gave way to a cool, wet spring. Although there was flooding in the Okanagan, it was followed by 54 straight days with no rain. The hot dry summer allowed fruit development to catch up from its late start and created smaller more concentrated grapes. Fall weather cooled down quickly, but we were able to bring in our fruit prior to any risk of frost. Overall, expect ripeness and weight to the wines, while still retaining bright fruit flavours
Sourced from 3 sites on the Naramata Bench and from the Perfect Hedge Vineyard in Osoyoos.