2015 Corner Stone
Corner Stone - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot
Merlot (37%) Cabernet Franc (23%) Cabernet Sauvignon (23%) Malbec (9%) Petit Verdot (8%) aged 18 months in French Oak Barrels.
2015 was another amazing year in the vineyard, similar to 2012 with a very early bud break (April 10) and good early heat followed by a long growing season. The grapes for this "Bordeaux style" blend were grown on our estate vineyard, River Rock Vineyards, which surrounds our winery in Oliver BC. The vines were in their 11th leaf when the fruit was harvested. Growing conditions provided all varietals in 2015 achieving a high level of ripeness. The grapes for this single vineyard Bordeaux style blend were grown on our estate vineyard, River Rock Vineyards, which surrounds our winery in Oliver BC. The vines were planted in 2003. in 2012 part of our Cabernet Sauvignon block was grafted over to Petit Verdot which makes its third appearance in the 2015 vintage. The vineyards are all on south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession.
Each varietal contained in the blend was hand picked, and de-stemmed. Approximately 80% of the fruit was left whole, un-crushed. The grapes were cold soaked between 3-5 days and then fermented in both stainless steel tanks (2200 and 2850 litre) and small fermentation totes to maximize skin to juice contact. The wine was transferred, following pressing, to tanks to settle then transferred to barrels where malolactic fermentation was completed. Wine was aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for approximately 18 months. Following aging, blending trials were done, final filtering, and bottling resulting in the 2015 Corner Stone Blend.
This bold Bordeaux style blend is rich and concentrated with bold ripe fruit and concentrated textures from mature tannins representative of the great growing season. This wine is presently showing dark berry flavours complimented by hints of spice including sage, wild thyme as well as chocolate and coffee, supported by French oak. It has balanced acidity and medium tannins provide nice velvety textures. This wine will age nicely 7-10 years.
(Oct 6, 2018 at 10:09 AM)
Cornerstone is my favorite of your wines. It is consistently well-balanced and full bodied and a delight to drink. I am glad to see Gismondi finally praising it in his wine column today.
(Nov 17, 2018 at 7:57 PM)
This is a deep complex wine with a lovely start to finish taste transition. Highly recommended. I’m now cellaring some of 5 plus years
(Dec 1, 2018 at 11:34 AM)
Matches my taste.
(Apr 12, 2019 at 10:59 AM)
This is an amazing wine from first sip, would highly recommend