I ’ll be focusing on grapes grown on the benches,” says owner Bill Eggert about his future winemaking direction at Fairview Cellars. Of course “the benches” refers to the distinctive alluvial fans formed by the creeks draining off of Mount Kobau on the west side of the valley south of Oliver that are likely to be included in the new sub-geographical indicator (G.I.) Golden Mile Bench. “Fairview Cellars is extremely pleased that the Sub-GI application has been presented to the Wine Authority, “but there’s still lots of work to do before the term can be used officially since the final outcome will be actual legislation.
As it happens, the 2012 Cabernet Franc to be released this summer would have been a wine that could have born the new sub-G.I. on the label. With aromas of blueberries, black pepper spice, tea, and earthy notes, Bill has previously declared this one of the best Cabernet Francs that he’s ever made. For this vintage he has elevated it to the Premier Series that will morph into the “Golden Mile Series” wines.
Library Wine, while it lasts, will be the 2007 Madcap which is showing beautifully at almost 7 years of age.
~ Luke Whittall