After the initial euphoria had subsided we began to ask questions: “is Cabernet Franc the “it” grape?” “is Golden Mile the special spot in the Okanagan?”, “was it the 2006 vintage that was the key?”
We stayed vigilant looking for varieties, vineyards and vintages that shared this collision of contrasting styles. We have five sites throughout the south with a variety of micro climates, exposures, geology and elevations. An entire year passed and sadly only the Cabernet Franc from the same tiny plot in Golden Mile showed us the unique attributes we were looking for. In 2008 we continued the search, with perhaps more reserved expectations. At harvest we started to see grapes that lifted hopes and spirits and hinted at what we were looking for. Along with our darling Cabernet Franc, some Merlot from a small portion of the same Golden Mile vineyard and some Syrah from a second vineyard further south in the Golden Mile both showed some exciting potential. These two discoveries meant that two new Équinoxe siblings were born.