Mission Hill Family Estate Quatrain 2008 $45
Quatrain – definition according to Wikipedia – A quatrain is a stanza, or a complete poem, consisting of four lines of verse.
Quatrain 2008 is definitely poetry in motion consisting of Merlot 34%, Syrah 29%, Cabernet Franc 22% and Cabernet Sauvignon 15%.
The grapes (selected from the best blocks within the Mission Hill Estates in Osoyoos and Oliver) were hand harvested, hand sorted and gravity filled in small lots to French Oak fermenters. The free run wine and a portion of basket pressed wine (after extended maceration) was aged separately for 15 months in 100% French Oak barrels.
A very clean deep red colour.
Dark berries and dark plums abound, black pepper, cedar and a pleasant earthiness follow.
There is a great balance of acidity, soft tannins and dark fruit layered flavours on the front of the tongue followed by ripe blackberries on the mid palate. Notes of plum, dark cherry, blueberries and pepper fill the glass, along with subtle hints of licorice, clove, tobacco and vanilla. The edginess (in a good way) of the Cab Franc comes through on the long smooth & silky finish.
I paired this wine with a hearty beef pasta dish with Italian herbs and spices.
The dark fruit flavours were pronounced in the tomato sauce resulting in a creamy texture and pepper definitely brings out the flavours of the beef. The edginess of the Cab Franc helps give a well-balanced acidity to the dish. In conclusion this wine would be one anyone would love to have in their cellar. I dare you to leave it there for more than a month.
Reviewed by Charles Colk