Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Vintage production: n/a
The key to this magical and dynamic blend is the vineyard sources: in addition to Sugarloaf Mountain, Sage Ridge, and Wildfoote, the core of the fruit comes from blocks 5 and 7 in the Tench Vineyard which literally run alongside the fenceline of neighbouring Screaming Eagle – that’s some serious terroir. Russell makes his selection in the cellar, picking single-vineyard barrels that are crying out to be blended together for an earlier drinking, hedonistic, and utterly delicious wine.
The Ontogeny is a true cellar-barrel selection, and is always the last of the cuvées to be blended making each new release highly-anticipated!