2015 Desert Hills Mirage
Representing all our warmest and southern vineyards our flagship Mirage showcases nothing but our most exceptional grapes, a culmination of our precise viticulture practices. Viticulture practices such as shoot thinning, green harvest (cluster thinning) and leaf removal all help promote flavor concentration and a purity of fruit. Cluster selection and vine spacing led to a fruit count of approximately 3.1 tons per acre.
This Bordeaux-style blend is comprised of 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 18% Malbec and 14% Petit Verdot. All grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted before the de-stemmed whole berries and free run juice were transferred to fermenting tanks, where they were cold soaked for 5 days with delicate daily pump overs. Indigenous and cultured fermentation was maintained at a consistent 26 degrees. Raised in select French Oak barrels for 24 months aging; wine was blended prior to bottling with further aging in bottle.
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 27% new oak, predominantly Radoux medium toast.
Tasting Notes: Profound and captivating our iconic Mirage represents the pinnacle in our winemaking traditions. A focused entry of ripe black plums and dark cherries leading way to boxwood, sagebrush and baking spices compliment a rich and lasting mouthfeel.