Availability: Winery direct and select restaurant accounts
Variety or Blend: 33% Cabernet Franc, 37% Gamay Noir, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot Appassimento
Vineyard Designation: Grower’s Series
Region: Niagara Escarpment
Vine Age: 10-20 years
Soil: Mostly clay and loam with limestone.
Wine Style: Dry
Oak: 100% French Oak, 33% New Oak
Alcohol Content: 13%
TA: 5.9 g/L
Ageing: Drink now through 2026
Serving Temperature: 14 – 18 degrees Celsius
The Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend were harvested at separate times with excellent flavour and when the fruit was hanging clean on the vines. The Petit Verdot was harvested separately and dried in our kilns to increase concentration and sugars. We kept each batch separate destemming all of the fruit and about 50% of the fruit is crushed, while the other 50% remains whole berry during a 5-7 day cold soak. For both grape varieties we warm up the fruit
afterwards for alcoholic fermentation. Once alcoholic fermentation is complete and the tannin structure is right, we gently press each batch of wine off of the skins and pump it to a settling tank. After settling, each batch of wine is put into specially selected barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The wine is sulphured in barrel to preserve the character and fruit and continues to age with careful monitoring for 14 months. Through tasting and blending trials,
the Cabernets is then taken out of barrels, when ready, and blended into tank to integrate as the final wine. This Growers Series Cabernets is special selected barrels who quality and balance was above and beyond all others. A light filtration is carried out before bottling.
Dark garnet with a ruby hue.
Plums, blackberries and spice fill the glass. Leather, vanilla, prunes, black currants continue to tantalize your nose, followed by a floral lift of violets and hints of black pepper.
The fruit flavours that enters your palate match the aromas on the nose. Blackberries, brambleberries, leather, violets and toasted oak nuances on the forefront. A dry medium to full bodied Cabernet blend with a textured mid palate of toasted hazelnuts, cocoa, black cherries and black currants. The many layers of sweet grippy tannins and fresh acidity follow all the way to the med-long, focused finish. Lingering flavours of tobacco, black raspberries, prunes and cedar remain on the finish. Secondary complexities persist in the background of this wine and will continue to develop and integrate over time.