This bold Bordeaux style blend is presently showing ripe varietal fruit character with hints of vanilla, black current, clack cherry, plum, wild sage and French Oak. It has balanced acidity and moderate tannins that will soften in time.
2013 was another amazing year in the vineyard with an early bud break (April 21) and good early heat followed by a long growing season. The grapes for this single vineyard Bordeaux style blend were grown on our estate vineyard, River Rock Vineyards which surround our winery in Oliver, BC.
Each varietal contained in the blend was hand picked, and destemmed. Approximately 80% of the fruit was left whole, uncrushed. 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 were malolactic fermentation was completed. Wine was aged in French oak barrels (33%new) for approximately 14 months. Following aging, blending trials were done, final filtering and bottling resulted in the 2013 Stones Throw blend.
This bold Bordeaux style blend is presently showing ripe varietal fruit character with hints of vanilla, black current, black cherry, plum, wild sage and French oak. It has balanced acidity and moderate tannins that will soften in time. This wine will age nicely 7 - 10 years.