2016 Cabernet Merlot

$19.95

Rich and ripe firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced plum, floral and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate from the Merlot.

TECHNICAL NOTES

  • APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Creek Shores
  • VINEYARD(S): Lakeshore Farm
  • GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot
  • BRIX AT HARVEST: 22.7
  • ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.5%
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR:8.2 grams per litre (dry)
  • TOTAL PRODUCTION: 600 cases

TASTING NOTES

Intense notes of red currant, blackberry and black raspberry dominate the nose. Rich and ripe on the palate with firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced plum, floral and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate from the Merlot. Light oak ageing adds a pleasant toasted character. Although suitable for medium-term cellaring, it will also pair nicely now with grilled and roasted meats such as duck, lamb, beef and wild game. Enjoy this wine at 18-20 degrees in large Bordeaux-style glasses which will encourage the release of its multitude of flavours and aromas

WINEMAKING NOTES

Both varieties were handpicked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard in the Creek Shores appellation of the Niagara Peninsula starting in early-October and ending in the first week of November. Both varieties were handled separately and after manual sorting, were crushed and destemmed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with cold soak and post-fermentation skin contact totalling two weeks. The Cabernet Sauvignon was moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques. The Merlot was also aged in 600 litre seasoned oak casks. Both varieties underwent malolactic fermentation and were left on fine lees with regular rack and return over 9 months before bottling. This wine is lightly filtered.

2016 Cab Merlot

Varieties

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

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