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 2019 vintage once again features an exact replication of the original artwork that first appeared on the Fully Completely album cover.
An elegant and fruit forward Bordeaux style blend. Aromas of perfumed red berry fruit including raspberry, blackberry and cherry mingled with savory oak notes of caramel, toast and cedar. These aromatics carry over to the palate, along with candied plum, blueberry and strawberry jam flavour. The palate is softly textured, with mellow tannin and delicate acidity. Drinking 2021 – 2026.
A blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot. Grapes were harvested from select vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. The fruit came in clean with good flavour concentration and an average brix of 21.5°. Grapes were crushed and fermented in separate lots in stainless steel tanks and one tonne fermenter bins. The wine was then racked into new and seasoned American and French oak barrels for 16 months prior to blending. 2950 cases were bottled March 2021.