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Dark purple in the glass with an intense nose of vanilla, chocolate, black currants and black cherry, with notes of cedar and spice. On the palate it is rich, ripe and full-bodied with smooth tannins and flavours of black cherries and red currants. The finish is long with drying tannins and notes of leather.
Enjoy with steak frites with rich jus, or braised short ribs. Drinking well on release but show further complexities with a few years in the cellar .
Both varieties were picked from our Lakeshore Farm vineyard as well as other select vineyards in the Creek Shores appellation starting in late-October and ending in the last 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. The Cabernet Sauvignon was moved to 500 and 600 litre seasoned oak casks as well as second and third use French barriques. Approximately ½ the Merlot was also aged in 600 litre seasoned oak casks and second and third use barriques. Both varieties underwent malolactic fermentation and were left on fine lees with regular rack and return over 9 months before bottling in August 2020 after light fining and filtration.