“It’s truly rewarding when a wine you have visualized from its beginning in the vineyard, attains great recognition,” says Linda Pruegger, Stag’s Hollow Winery co-owner with Larry Gerelus. “We were ecstatic to learn our 2013 Cachet Limited Edition No. 4 was awarded Gold in the 2015 National Wine Awards.” During 2014 harvest, while sampling in the vineyard, Dwight Sick, winemaker, already had his sights set on certain grapes as potential for a new Cachet blend. He was not disappointed!

First blended in honour of Stag’s Hollow’s 15th Anniversary, Cachet Limited Edition wines are rare, one-of-a-kind wines that are numbered sequentially. The Cachet 2010 No. 3 was recipient of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in British Columbia Wines. Cachet No. 4 is a blend of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with fruit from two vineyards: Stag’s Hollow Estate Vineyard, Okanagan Falls and the Plut Vineyard, Osoyoos. Released this fall initially only at the winery, it is a small production of 110 cases so you’ll want to snap it up quickly!

In addition to Cachet, WineAlign 2015 National Wine Awards of Canada presented Gold to Stag’s Hollow 2012 Syrah Hearle Vineyard; Silver to 2013 Tempranillo, 2012 Cabernet Franc and 2013 Grenache; and Bronze to 2012 Hawk’s Hollow, 2013 Pinot Noir Stag’s Hollow Vineyard and 2013 Viognier Hearle Vineyard. Given such a strong performance, this earned Stag’s Hollow 8th Small Winery in Canada – a winery producing under 10,000 cases annually, and 16th winery overall in Canada. How’s that for cachet?

(winemaker Dwight Sick pictured)

~ Roslyne Buchanan