Jim D'Andrea
December 3, 2016 | Marketing | Jim D'Andrea

Harvest is in!

Life in the Vines (1)

What a year it has been! After a very beautiful, hot, sunny April, the vineyard took off. We were weeks ahead of normal and at one point we were worried we would be harvesting in July!  Fortunately, July was slightly cooler than normal and a milder September allowed the phenolic flavours to develop and catch up to the sugar levels.  The fruit clusters were absolutely beautiful and the best that we have seen.  The end result is another beautiful year. 

We started harvesting our Sparkling grapes on August 29 and just finished picking our Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon on October 30!  Crop loads far exceeded predictions and Benoit, KC and Scott have been renting, borrowing and buying more tanks (when they can find them) to accommodate the increased wine!  Thankfully we had purchased a brand new 6000 litre tank in April from Italy or we would be in big trouble.

Early reports are that the wine is exceptional and we are expecting another great vintage.


Over the last couple of months, I have been randomly tasting the 2006, 2009 and 2013 King’s Ransom Meritage (it’s a tough job I know).  I plan to send out tasting notes periodically for all of our King’s Ransom wines (including the 2012 Pinot Noir and 2013 Chardonnay) to let you know how the wines are developing and whether they will develop further with time.  If you have any King’s Ransom wines in your portfolio, please let us know so that we can put you on the list to receive the tasting notes.

The good news is that all of the vintages are aging beautifully and still have more time to develop.   


We will be releasing our 2014 Cabernet Savignon in 2017. Only 200 cases were made. Benoit and I think that the 2014 is better than the 2012 which received a score of 94 points from John Schreiner. For those of you who missed out  on the 2012, place your order on the wait list now by emailing  Wine Club members always have access to pre-release wines. Joining the club is the best way to secure access to these limited quantity, highly sought after vintages. Depending on demand, there may be limits placed on the number of bottles that can be purchased.  Delivery will be made in 2017. After releasing to our Wine Club, the wine will be made available to the general public.  


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