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Bella Terra Red, 2018

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2018 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 13.5% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Critic's Rating 90 pts

Our inaugural vintage of the Bella Terra Red marries together the three main red varietals that we grow in our estate vineyards: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvested partially from our oldest vineyards (now over 30 years old), this wine introduces you to the depth and complexity of our unique terroir: The bright garnet colour greets you in the glass and leads you to a rich nose of ripe black currants with hints of hibiscus, honey, eucalyptus and cedar notes.

The Bella Terra Red spent 18 months ageing in French oak barrels. It is a medium-bodied wine that draws you in with a smooth and velvety palate, loaded with ripe red fruit characteristics, roasted plums and molasses on the mid-palate. The round tannins and balanced acidity lead to a long finish with more red fruit and a slight menthol note.

Pair with your favourite grilled meats or vegetables, or keep it simple and serve with a baked Brie cheese with a healthy dollop of rich fig jam.

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
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The 2018 vintage was a featured wine in January's Wine Club package, 2023.

Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.

Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Varietals: Merlot (44%), Cabernet Franc (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (21%)
Vineyard: Bella Terra Vineyards Estate
Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Cases Produced: 800

Appearance: Deep ruby in colour.
Nose: Cedary, spicy nose of blackcurrant and black plum.
Palate: Medium-bodied, dry, savoury, ripe currant flavour with well-integrated oak and supple tannins.
Quality: 89 – 90 points – Wine Club Canada. Very Good+ / Outstanding. Can be enjoyed now but will reward cellaring for a year or two.

Food Pairing: Smoky cedar-planked burger with jalapeño-cilantro mayo, chipotle chicken quesadillas, spaghetti and vegetarian meatballs, beef fajitas, and sliced pork belly with honey garlic sauce.