October 08

Mission Hill Legacy Collection@Modus Restaurant-Wed.,Oct.5th,2022

By Steph C.

Canada’s only five-time winner of Winery of the Year and recipient of multiple best varietal awards on the international stage, Mission Hill Family Estate from Okanagan delighted the Toronto crowd with their Legacy Collection.

Legacy Collection wines are a small lot and limited production collectibles. The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted, consisting of the top 1% of the harvest from all of their vineyards. The wine benefit from extended barrel aging which is followed by a 24-month period in-bottle prior to release.

Our journey tonight began with the 2020 Perpetua. An easy drinking Chardonnay that is filled with aromas of flint, lemon grass, and pear. A rich fruit-forward entry supported with subtle oak and a fresh finish.

Next we have, back to back, 2013 and 2016 Compendium. On the nose, both had notes of ripe red cherries and blackberries. I particularly enjoyed the 2013 bottle which had an intense jammy taste of ripe dark fruits. It can pair easily with most foods or be sipped on its own.

With incredible depth of flavor such as sweet licorice and blackberries, the 2017 Quatrain is made with 44% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% delicious to pair with lamb chops or steak.

2018 Oculus is the flagship wine tonight.“Vivid and fragrant, the nose is generous with a bouquet of intense black fruits, from currants to ripe blackberries, with a herbaceous nuance. Layers of earthy character follow, with a cigar box and licorice complexity. The firm tannin structure lends itself to a long, rich and savoury finish,” according to Mission Hill’s tasting notes. I felt the wine delivered all that and more.

Cellar-worthy, age these wines for decades. The Legacy collection includes Compendium, Quatrain, Prospectus, Perpetua and the flagship wine, Oculus. With only 10 to 20 cases available for each product, they most certainly will be sold out quickly.