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Old Vines Foch Reserve

The Old Vines Foch Reserve has developed an almost cult like status over the past decade. This big bold red is made with fruit that our father Richard Stewart Jr. planted at Quails’ Gate nearly 60 years ago. The vines might be old but they produce wines with amazing complexity and intensity.

Tasting & Pairing

The 2014 is typically dark and inky with a complex array of aromas and flavours. Expect intense black cherry fruit, coffee, chocolate, clove, vanilla and hints of smoked meat and toasty oak. The palate is smooth, rich and full bodied with velvety tannins and a long finish. We suggest pairing with venison, smoked brisket or braised red meats.

Winemaking

Harvested in early October, this classic Maréchal Foch is made from nearly 60 year old vines grown at Quails’ Gate estate vineyard. A French hybrid with very small compact berries, it combines new and old world wine styles with bright intense, dark fruits and earthy notes. This site provides maximum heat during the growing season and produces a very ripe concentrated fruit. Fermented with vigorous French yeast strains and matured in spicy new American oak barrels, this wine will improve and reward careful cellaring up until 2020.

Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.5 %
Total acidity: 7.6 g/l
Residual sweetness: 1.6 g/l
Sweetness code: 0
SKU code: 639666
UPC code: 778856214215
Date bottled: June 2016
Case volume: 1550 (6/case)