Mission Hill Winery Oculus 2003
Oculus is Mission Hill Family Estate's signature Bordeaux-inspired wine. This elegant and complex wine represents the pinnacle of everything we do from vineyard regimen to winemaking. Selected clusters from designated blocks within our estate owned vineyards in Osoyoos and Oliver are set aside and nurtured for this wine. At the winery, the fruit undergoes fermentation and extended maceration prior to aging in new and one year old French oak barrels for 14 months or more. This rich, deeply concentrated and powerful artisanal wine will develop additional complexity over three to five years. If opened young, it should be decanted prior to serving.
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Satisfying the fruit forward and well-balanced taste buds at the same time. Lots and lots of dark fruit and spice but with tannins to back it all up. Could probably age very well for a while.
This wine is huge bold long finish, strong tannins, will need some time in the cellar to soften up but should be a very well balanced wine in a few more years. It will be interesting to see where it is at next year.
External Reviews for Mission Hill Winery Oculus
Oculus is Mission Hill’s flagship Bordeaux red. Over four of five vintages, winemaker John Simes has been refining the blends, the target being an Okanagan wine of real world stature. When this wine was being assembled, Mission Hill also brought in Michel Rolland, the French super consultant. It is reported that Rolland, Simes and the rest of Mission Hill’s winemaking team canvassed closed to 140 blends before settling on the one just released.The effort was worth it. This is, without question, the finest Oculus that Mission Hill has yet released. It comes from a somewhat warmer vintage than 2002, but the difference likely has as much to do with the blend as with the year. The 2002 Oculus was 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. I no longer have a bottle for side by side comparison but memory tells me it was slightly more restrained than the 2003. An ageworthy wine but without the more immediate appeal of the 2003.The 2003 Oculus already signals its richness with its dark colour. It has aromas of Christmas spices, chocolate and red berries, likely to the credit of the extra dash of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine has sumptuous flavours of plums and black currants, along with a subtle note of oak picked up from 15 months in new and one-year-old French barrels. The structure is firm, but not harsh, with long ripe tannins that will help the wine age. The overall impression is of a highly polished and elegant wine that will continue to improve during the next five to 10 years. 94 points.Production is limited to less than 2,500 cases. Thanks to the Michel Rolland association, the wine is so tightly allocated that Mission Hill sent no samples to reviewers.