Blend: 86.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.3% Merlot
Harvest date: Oct 2021
Brix: Average 23°
Harvested by: Mechanical Harvester + Hand Harvesting
Residual Sugar: 4g/L
Total Acidity: 3.5 g/L
Fermented in: 1 ton fruit bins
Malolactic: 100% Malolactic Fermentation
Aged: 12 months in new and seasoned French Oak Barrels
Bottled: November 2022
A robust Cabernet Sauvignon, deep ruby to garnet in colour. The nose showcases deep notes of black cherry, wild blueberry compote, plum, floral notes of violet and lavender, and smoky spicy notes of black pepper, anise and caramel. The palate is medium to full-bodied with elegant flavours of cassis, raspberry, and blackberry jam with hints of cigar, savoury herbs, and a toasty oak finish. The wine has an elegant tannin structure giving the wine very good length on the finish. Recommended drinking 2023 – 2028.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Merlot from 2 select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. Fruit was harvested in late October with good fruit flavour concentration and an average brix of 23°. Grapes were crushed and fermented in one-tonne fermenter bins with daily manual punch-down of the caps. The wine was then racked into French oak barrels (30% new barrels, 40% 1-year-old, 30 % seasoned) for 12 months prior to blending. 426 cases were bottled in November 2022.
The newest wine offering from The Tragically Hip commemorates the 30th anniversary of their seminal album, Fully Completely which includes one of the band’s most popular songs: “50 Mission Cap”. The band's first wine, Fully Completely Reserve Red was originally produced to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album, 50 Mission Cab continues this tradition as the album reaches its 30-year milestone.
Working in conjunction with guitarist Rob Baker, the label concept pays homage to the lyrics of 50 Mission Cap and celebrates the legacy and final flight of Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Bill Barilko. The artwork was derived from a hand-carved linocut image created by a Canadian artist commissioned for this design.