2016 provided close to perfect conditions for wine grapes with a warm, arid growing season and temperate fall harvest. Virtually all grape varieties performed well in this growing season and the dry and pleasant harvest season meant most grapes were picked in pristine condition. This quality should be evident in both red and white varieties grown in the Niagara region.
This rich blend of barrel aged Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon has layers of flavour and a smooth velvety texture. Ripe red cherry, plum, and red currants mingle with savoury spicy oak notes of cedar and toast on the nose. The palate is smooth and silky, with abundant berry fruit including raspberry, cherry and currant, wrapped up in rich oak finish with lingering spice. Enjoy now or age to 2021.
Grapes averaging 22° Brix were harvested in early October from 2 premium vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula. After a stainless-steel fermentation, the must was pressed and aged in a combination of stainless steel, American oak and French oak barrels, where the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation. After settling and aging the wine was bottled under screwcap in August 2018.