A late spring and moderate summer followed by warm fall days gave this Syrah block beautiful aromatics and afforded the hang time required for full ripening of tannins. Planted in 2001, our Hidden Valley Vineyard, a bowl shaped valley behind the winery on Naramata Road.
This fruit was sourced from a well-established vineyard planted high above Naramata village, just below a rock cliff - a warm spot favoured by vines and bears alike. An average growing season, with consistent heat into the fall, created and preserved bright fruit aromas and flavours while ripening elegant tannins Bottled under cap to ensure the integrity of freshness and flavour.
Here at Hillside, we believe it is incredibly important to give back to your community. This year, for every bottle of 2020 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon purchased, Hillside will donate $10 to One Sky Community Resources. Only 10 cases of this special wine are available!
OneSky Community Resources has been providing quality supports and services to communities throughout the South Okanagan/Similkameen for over 50 years. From care for newborn babies to services for seniors, they proudly serve over 600 individuals and their families every day.
ABOUT THE WINE: Sourced from gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon vines just North of the winery, blended with Merlot from our premium Gjoa & Dickinson Vineyards. Beautifully balanced, this wine has a lush tannin structure and seamless finish. Full bodied with abundant dark fruit & spiced mocha flavours.
An early spring and moderately warm summer, and blissfully smoke-free, allowed for very long hang time for the 2019 red grapes. Wine from an older planting of Malbec blends nicely with younger (13 year old) Merlot block.
Tucked behind the winery, the bowl-shaped Hidden Valley Vineyard is a beautifully warm site that produces ripe fruit of deep flavour and rich tannin. Aromas of black raspberry, clove and licorice are echoed on the palate, finishing with a supple mouthfeel. So fun to taste and compare with our Gjoa’s Vineyard Merlot and Dickinson Vineyard Merlot!
Gjoa’s vineyard, situated just below our winery, was established 27 years ago. These mature vines produce fruit which stands out with deep plum and mocha aromas and a savoury note to the palate, lending sophistication to the finish. So fun to taste and compare with our Dickinson Vineyard Merlot!
En route to Naramata, the stunning Dickinson vineyard is on a sun-drenched bench above the lake. This stylish wine shows dark fruits, fine cocoa and pipe tobacco followed by silky fine-grained tannins. So fun to taste and compare with our other single vineyard Merlots!
Beside the winery lies our first planting, the 1984 block that produced the lovely fruit for this Gamay Noir. This is a medium-bodied, fruit forward wine. Raspberry and cedar notes highlight the aroma, while the palate delivers a fine, silky texture.