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The 2011 Fifth Element has an attractive dark ruby colour and a nose that is lifted, complex and very "Old World" with aromas of dark soya sauce, grilled almond, blackberry, black currant, sage and violet. This wine is a great example that with careful blending BC can create wines of elegance, richness and complexity. All six varieties work together to deliver complex flavours of black cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate and a hint of cedar. The rich and silky palate is structured by extremely fine tannins. Ultimately, the 2011 Fifth Element is a joy of harmony with an intense lingering finish.
Notes on the grapes and winemaking:
The grapes were picked at optimum maturity and were de-stemmed gently into small fermenters. The grapes were plunged 2-4 times a day during the on-skin fermentation and pressed near sugar dryness. The wine was aged in French oak for 15 months and in stainless steel barrels for a further 5 months prior to bottling.
Awards & Ratings
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Bronze Medal
MWC 2015-04-13Wine expert Kurtis Kolt congratulates this wine on its win at the Northern Lands Festival on the MWC Wine Blog. You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/wine-101-judging/
MWC 2014-09-18Wine expert Kurtis Kolt wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "Generally, room temperature can be a little too warm for reds, which may make the alcohol content a little more noticeable... More
MWCWine expert Kurtis Kolt wrote about this wine on the MWC Wine Blog: "Generally, room temperature can be a little too warm for reds, which may make the alcohol content a little more noticeable and enhance any bitter notes. Even a big, bold red like Road 13’s Fifth Element would do well with a good 10 minutes in the fridge before you pour." You can read the whole post here: http://mywinecanada.com/wineblog/keeping-things-cool/