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Ruby red in the glass, the nose is intense with notes of candied red fruit, cassis, spice and rosemary. Rich and ripe on the palate with firm, youthful tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and spiced cassis and cedar notes in the juicy mid-palate. 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.
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. Approximately ½ of 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 in July 2018 after light fining and filtration.