Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard | VQA — St David’s Bench
Our flagship red wine, Equuleus is a classically styled blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot. But we don’t make it every year. To be considered an “Equuleus year” each of the three grape varieties must have achieved at least 23.5o Brix at harvest. Aged for 16 months in 1/3 new French oak, 2/3 in non-new French oak then the blend rests in French oak casks for several months. The result is rich and complex with flavours of cassis and dark chocolate. Equuleus is ready to drink now but will continue to develop in the bottle for at least another 5-10 years.
The name Equuleus comes from the “Little Horse” constellation, best seen when it rises in the night sky every September, the traditional start of our harvest. This equine symbol celebrates Paul’s other passion ‒ Egyptian Arabian horses which are stabled at the Paul Bosc Estate, the Bosc family’s home vineyard.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
The vineyard block where Equuleus is grown is very special. The vines were planted in 1985 and surround the stables. Two sides of the block are bounded by a stand of trees that act as a wind block which helps drive up the temperatures a few degrees as compared to the rest of the vineyard. This combined with careful yield management results in fully mature grapes at harvest. An added bonus is the extra compost available from the stalls which is routinely spread amongst only these vines.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
This wine is luscious and full-bodied. Prime rib roast, Yorkshire pudding and root vegetables immediately come to mind but we’ve been known to enjoy Equuleus with just about anything… roasted rack of lamb, BBQ steak, double-cut veal chop, etc. This wine deserves a partner with as much oomph and class as it has.
|Harvest Date||Alcohol||Brix at Harvest||PH||Total Acidity||Cases Produced||Residual Sugar|
|October 19 & 23||13.5%||24.8°||3.68||5||515||0.4 g/L|
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