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Bella Terra Meritage, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 14.9% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 94 pts
This Meritage is an absolute must-try! Starting on the nose, this wine has aromas of ripe fruit character layered with blackberries, mulberries, and plums followed by spices like cardamom, white pepper, and mineral notes like graphite. To taste, this extra dry wine has matured tannins and balanced acidity. With flavours of ripe fruits like black currants, dark plums, and figs ending with an elegant velvety finish.

Food pairing: Reverse sear cowboy steak.

Critic's Rating

The blend for this special meritage is 40% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Malbec sourced from the best barrels made at the estate. It’s magical on the nose with such an elegant array of sweet oak spices, black cherries, warm blueberry pie, black currants, mulberries, lifted perfume notes, and beautifully integrated spices. It all comes perfectly together on the palate in a melange of blackberries, blueberries, black currants, macerated cherries, wild summer raspberries, brambly, subtle earthy/forest floor notes, lovely spice, polished tannins, and a smooth, long finish with finesse. Tuck some away in the cellar in forget about them for a decade.
- Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara
  • Decanter World Wine Awards 2023, Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2023, Silver Medal
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    Inviting and floral, with hints of black pepper, anise and plush black fruit, while the palate is graced with subtle tannins and lifted leafy notes. 90 points — 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards

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    The 2020 vintage was a featured wine in January's Wine Club package, 2023.

    Geographical Indication: VQA Four Mile Creek
    Varietals: Cabernet Franc (40%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), Malbec (10%)
    Vineyard: Bella Terra Vineyards Estate
    Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
    Cases Produced: 350

    Appearance: Bright. Semi-opaque. Dark ruby colour.
    Nose: Violets, dark cherry, blackberry, plum, licorice, baking spice, black pepper.
    Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Dark cherry, blackcurrant, green pepper, savoury green herbs, dark chocolate, black pepper. Well balanced.
    Quality: 90 points – Wine Club Canada. Outstanding.

    Food Pairing: Chicken shawarma with garlic sauce, ratatouille, reverse sear cowboy steak, traditional Korean bibimbap, and grilled lamb chops with mint pesto.

    • Decanter World Wine Awards 2023, Silver Medal
    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2023, Silver Medal