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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 89 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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This was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package, 2020.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Varietal: Merlot (44.3%), Cabernet Franc (35.3%) & Cabernet Sauvignon (20.4%)
Vineyard: Bella Terra Vineyard
Residual Sugar: 1 g/L
Cases Produced: 800


Appearance: Deep ruby colour.
Nose: Cedary, black plum, cherry and dark chocolate bouquet.
Palate: Medium-bodied, mouth-filling flavours of plum, blackcurrant and cherry; firmly structured with ripe tannins and well-integrated oak finishing on a floral note.
Quality: Very Good+. 89 points. Drinking well now, but will reward cellaring for a couple of years.


Food Pairing: Ribeye steak with garlic okra, lamb kofta with pearl couscous, red pepper and caramelized onion quiche, cornish hens with brandied cherries, and ricotta and chargrilled vegetable lasagna.