Équinoxe Cabernet Franc is available EXCLUSIVELY to Wine Society Members and those on our Email Wait List. Please email us if you would like to request an allocation.
Equinoxe: equal day, equal night. Equal old world, equal new world
The fruit for the Equinoxe Cabernet Franc is sourced from one row in our Feuille D’Or vineyard (resulting in a single Barrel). More vines have been planted but won't be included until they reach the same levels of maturity and flavor profile as the already established 16 year old vines.
This Cabernet Franc was the first wine to open our eyes to the uniqueness of the South Okanagan when the aromatics of the 2006 vintage exploded from our glasses. Here, we get elements of both old and the new world - the lushness and fruit intensity of the new world marries the structure, acidity and complexity of the old world.
Grilled herb crusted steak, cassis, sweet pipe tobacco, leather and other hard to pin point complex aromas greet you on the nose. The same flavors are displayed on the palate while the finish lasts for well over a minute, monumental. Too bad that for the time being we only have one barrel to offer.
93 Points - John Schreiner
This is one barrel of wine from a single row in the winery’s Feuille D’Or vineyard south of Oliver, cropped very low and aged 22 months in new French oak. The berries were destemmed entirely by hand before fermentation, a treatment some would think over the top but effective in making a top wine. The result is a wine with 15.1% alcohol and with the power of Amarone. It begins with a dramatic aroma of figs, black currants, liquorice and spice. On the big rich palate, there are flavours of blackberries, prosciutto, leather, cedar, finishing with layers of red fruit.
Jake Skakun - Cherries and Clay
"How good could a $125 Cab Franc from BC be? The short answer is very very good. There were 25 cases made (that's 300 bottles) with yields of 1.2 tons per acre. This is a very full and New World approach to Cab Franc - yet with balancing acidity. Deep intensity - very ripe fruit with baking spices and mocha. Full bodied with a long drawn out finish and evident, yet soft tannins. This is may be the only wine I've tried from BC that I would say is worthy of a Napa cult-like status (complete with cult pricing).You may have a tough time finding a bottle - the guy would barely sell me more than a couple for the restaurant."
Unfortunately this wine is available only to our wine society members. Please email us if you would like to request an allocation