2017 Tragically Hip Grand Reserve

2017 Tragically Hip Grand Reserve

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The Fully Completely Grand Reserve Red was originally created to commemorate the Hips announcement of the re-release of their legendary album Fully Completely and 2015 North American Tour. The wine was co-created by band members Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Johnny Fay in conjunction with Stoney Ridge Estate Winery. The 2016 vintage once again features an exact replication of the original artwork that first appeared on the Fully Completely album cover.


Tasting Notes:

A layered and complex Bordeaux style blend. Aromas of blackberry, cherry raspberry are accented by savory spicy notes of star anise, cigar box and caramel. These aromatics carry over to the palate, along with plum, blueberry, toffee and clove spice notes. The palate is richly textured, with firm tannin structure and delicate acidity. Excellent length. Drinking at its best 2019 – 2026.

Winemaker Notes:

A blend of 38% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes were harvested from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. The grapes were quite ripe, with excellent fruit concentration and an average brix of 22.3˚. Grapes were crushed and fermented in separate lots in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then racked into seasoned American oak and French oak barrels for 14 months prior to blending.

Technical Notes:

  • Vintage: 2017
  • Blend: 38% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Harvest date: October, 2016
  • Vineyards: Niagara Peninsula
  • Brix: 22.3˚
  • Harvested by: Mechanical harvester
  • Residual Sugar: 3.9 g/L
  • Total Acidity: 4.4 g/L
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Fermented in: 100% Stainless Steel Tank
  • Malolactic: 100% Malolactic Fermentation
  • Aged: 14 months in seasoned American and French Oak Barrels