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41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Lovely blueberry and cassis driven nose typical of Black Sage Bench Cabernet Sauvignon. Follows up with black cherries and a subtle dried herb to finish out a powerful and expressive aroma. Palate carries through with the nose, again blueberries, cherries and herbs, but it’s laced with a beautiful chocolate mocha frame. Fine tannins hint at the cellaring potential of this wine. Great finish with fruit and tannin carrying the finish for what seems like forever.
The grapes are destemmed and crushed before cold settling on skins for 3 days. The wine is then inoculated and slowly allowed to warm naturally and then temperature is maintained with a combination of punch downs and pump-overs to optimize colour extraction without forcing out too much tannin. The wines are then pressed to new and second fill French Oak barrels prior to completing primary fermentation to mitigate tannin extraction in alcohol phase. The wines are kept on lees and topped regularly over 18 months before being bottled. The wine is then aged in bottle for at least a year to allow proper bottle conditioning to occur and bring out the true complexities of this great variety.
Production: 1683 cases
Harvest Date: October 17th - November 2nd
Bottlling Date: June 2014
Cellaring potential: 10-12 years
Residual Sugar: <2.0 g
TA: 6.45 g/L
Awards & Ratings
- John Schreiner
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Bronze Medal
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2015, Honours Medal
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2016, Silver Medal
Icon Wines Top 20 of 2015
Sourced from two benches (Golden Mile & Black Sage), 2Bench Red blends herbs, tobacco, ash and perfumed violets together in this juicy blend. Quite bitter blackberry, black cherry lead the medium-bodied palate, along with subtle leather and pipe tobacco and finishing with sweet cracked spice.
- 88 points, Treve Ring, WineAlign
A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, the nose shows a mélange of black cherry, crunchy raspberry, blueberry with savoury spices. Lovely texture on the palate with persistence from the red and dark fruits with added mocha and barrel spices. Can age for 5-7 years.
- 91 points, Rick VanSickle
91-92 points - Liam Carrier, Icon Scores
90 points - Jon Steeves, Natalie Maclean Wine Reviews
87 points - Wine Enthusiast