Earlier this year, June 18 to be exact, key senior members of the Hy’s and Gotham team got together for an afternoon to put their winemaking skills to the test. Working with award-winning Road 13 Vineyards, the goal was to create a proprietary red wine, that could be enjoyed with a perfectly grilled Prime Grade steak.
Using a base Bordeaux-style blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon and 34% Merlot from the Similkameen Valley, various percentages of petit Verdot and Malbec were added, and subtracted. After 5 iterations, playing with a ratio of 75-80% base wine and higher balance of Malbec to petit Verdot, a consensus was reached.
Named for the date the proprietary blend was “born”, 18-six-18 is now bottled and ready to be enjoyed at Gotham, Hy’s Vancouver and Hy’s Whistler.