Sunrock Vineyards 2017 Illumina
There is an abundance of blackberries, dark cherries, vanilla mocha, baking spices, and dark fruit jamminess on the nose. The palate has juicy dark fruits, a luscious note of spice and vanilla and some smooth smoky oak. The tannins and acid are soft and the finish is long and pleasant.
The 2016 season began with warmer than usual temperatures causing an early bud break. This early harvest was tempered with cooler temperatures and rain in June and July. In the fall, there were warm days and cooler nights which helped balance the acidity of the grapes. Harvest started mid-October and the lack of damaging frost allowed the grapes to develop big, bold flavours and the tannins to ripen. The 2016 reds have great structure – they are full of fruit flavour with mouth coating tannins.
The grapes were picked right before frost set in to allow for maximum ripeness to develop in the vineyard. The grapes were gently crushed and destemmed and then fermented in an open top stainless steel fermentation tank. The wine was punched down 2 times daily for 2 weeks, after which the wine underwent Malolactic fermentation. It was then transferred to specially selected French and American oak barrels and allowed to age for 16 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs great with barbecued steak with a smoky char, as will lamb, venison and game birds. Accompany a dish with a fruit-based sauce or marinade for a beautiful pairing. This wine is also a perfect match for a charcuterie board.
(Jul 14, 2019 at 12:15 PM)
A smooth, delicious, full-bodied red that is great paired with beef, cheese or chocolate. One of our favourites from The Great Estates huge selection. Enjoy 🍷
(Oct 29, 2019 at 4:54 PM)
We first tasted this illustrious ambrosia at Il Posto restaurante in Ladner, we were with another couple and as we sipped we all looked at one another and said “Wow” , we loved the softness on the palate, the big bouquet and flavours of berries and jam. It is probably the best wine that I have had in ages. We subsequently bought a half dozen.
(Oct 30, 2019 at 9:32 AM)
This wine had a wonderful full nose with gorgeous ruby red colour! There was a very nice blend of the grape flavours marrying with the oak. The finish was very smooth with no harsh tannins on the on the palate. Simply a wonderful bold tasting blend!!
(Oct 30, 2020 at 12:22 PM)
Full body and flavorful wine, were pleasantly surprised when we tasted it, a definite buy
(Dec 16, 2020 at 3:20 PM)
Our favourite Great Estates red, regardless of price point - for an evening glass to unwind. Smooth, fruity, refined both on the nose and during consumption.