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MWC 2015-04-13Wine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "Aged for a minimum of two years in French oak barrels, the fruit in this reserve red is balanced by earthy,... More
MWCWine expert Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "Aged for a minimum of two years in French oak barrels, the fruit in this reserve red is balanced by earthy, slightly leafy notes as well as some good grip from the tannins." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/canadian-wine-aure/
Geographical Indication: Niagara Peninsula, ON VQA
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Appearance: Clear, medium intense garnet colour.
Nose: Clean, medium+ intense characters of cherry, blackberry, forest floor, mint, and baking spice.
Palate: Dry, medium acid, light fine-grained tannins, medium body, medium alcohol, medium+ intense characters of ripe cherry, plum, sarsaparilla, and licorice.
Quality: This is good quality Cabernet Franc with ripe fruit notes and spicy, earthy undertones. The texture is quite soft, which makes it easy drinking. Drink now or hold 1-2 years.
Food pairings: Striploin steak, roasted root vegetables, baked beans in tomato sauce, lamb sausages, lasagna, hard cheese (aged gouda or cheddar).
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Cabernet Franc has become one of the signature grapes of Niagara. The styles run the gamut from the lighter, fresher, and fruitier styles, to the dense and structured. I like the 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve from Aure, as it sits somewhere in the middle. It's medium-bodied with red and black fruit characters like cherry and blackberry, but also exhibits the herbal and spicy notes that make Cabernet Franc interesting (sarsaparilla, licorice, mint, forest floor). As part of Aure's reserve line, this wine is aged for two years in French oak barrels, followed by extended bottle aging. This age has given the tannins a chance to soften and for savoury characters to develop. This wine will complement a wide range of lean meats, especially those flavoured with herbs.
- Jake Skakun, @JakeSkakun