Black Hills Estate
The terroir on which the vineyards sit has become recognized as some of the most exceptional in Canada. Located on the famed Black Sage road north of Osoyoos, it is right in the middle of Canada’s only official desert. This gives the vineyards a microclimate that puts it among the hottest, driest and sunniest sites in the country.
With a northern latitude the vineyard enjoys longer sunlight hours than Napa Valley in the key growing months of June through August. Its west-facing orientation combined with a deep desert sand gives it an intense daytime heat followed by very cool nights. This exceptional diurnal temperature variation allows the grapes to fully ripen by day and then retain the acidity by night. The result is that the vineyard yields intensely flavorful grapes. With
careful irrigation techniques and intensely focused viticulture practices, these are ideal growing conditions for growing the Bordeaux and Rhone varietals in the vineyards. In fact, it is so terroir-centric in their thinking, that their winegrower lives right in the middle of the vineyard. He quite literally eats, sleeps and breathes the grapes!
Black Hills grows four different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, two different clones of Cabernet Franc and four different clones of Merlot on the same vineyard. Each clone has differing ripening and taste profiles, and each iscrushed, fermented and barrel aged separately. When they are eventually blended together after barrel aging, this Clonal diversity gives multi-faceted depth and complexity to the Nota
Bene. This depth and complexity is the hallmark of their flagship wine.
Sustainable farming practices
Black Hills is honoured to be stewards of an incredible piece of agricultural land and they work to harness its potential to create the best possible fruit imaginable. Likewise, they have the highest respect for the legacy of this vineyard and the role that agriculture plays in the environmental cycle. They are committed to sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and winemaking practices. All of their vines are hand picked, hand pruned and maintained by vineyard workers manually. They have been awarded Environmental Farm Plan Status by the B.C. Environmental Farm Plan. This plan is administered by the Federal and Provincial Departments of Agriculture as well as the BC Agriculture Council and the Investment Agriculture Foundation. They are proud of the agricultural sustainability that contributes to a cleaner, healthier environment as they continue to operate under the best practices of the Environmental Farm Plan
The 2015 Viognier on the nose hints displays hints of tree ripened peach, pear and pineapple along with the fragrance of white flowers, licorice and granny smith apple. When tasting the wine one picks up again on the ripe stone fruits of peach, apricot, and nectarine along with marked mineralogy, and a beautiful texture followed by a crisp finish
The 2014 Syrah fills the nose with aromas of dark fruit and black cherry with a smokey back drop. Carrying through on the palate are rich, dark fruit flavors of cherry, blackberry and blueberry with integrated notes of coffee, cocoa and cigar. It is full-bodied, velvety and smooth with a lengthy finish.
The 2014 Nota Bene has proven to be yet another outstanding vintage. Its tantalizing signature of sweet, ripe cherry complimented by its dusty earth undertones is salivating. Rich, smooth tannins coat the palate, resulting in a juicy mouth feel with an alluring gilt of violets, and a lingering finish reminiscent of cigar box.