Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends. It is typically a blend of one or both of the Cabernet grapes as well as Merlot. In our example we are using Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet creates the skeletal structure of the wine, while the Merlot offers elegance. From a winemaker perspective this type of blend is exciting to make, as it is often done solely by nose. Each varietal is monitored and tasted regularly, to allow the fruit to express itself. When the individual wines are close to maturity the winemaker begins selection of specific barrels and proportions for the blend based on the final style of wine that is required. This process takes several months to complete.
The final wine is truly a robust blend of these classic varietals. When the wine is freshly opened it shows aromas of cherry, fig and cedar. Once it has had time to breath, it demonstrates characters of red currant, blackberry, earth and cigar box, followed by subtle undertones of stewed fruits, mulling spices and green peppercorn. The palate is warm with good structure, yet not overwhelming in tannins, followed by a dry finish.
Cabernet Merlot is best served with fine cuts of meat or full flavoured fish. It may also be paired with rich pasta dishes and aged cheeses.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc 60% / Merlot 40%|
|Vineyard:||Estate Vineyard, KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 16 Months|
Bin 95, a limited edition wine, has been crafted with hand selected, quality fruit. Made in the appassimento-style, the grapes were dried for 80 days before crushing and fermentation. Three weeks after fermentation, the wine was drained from the skins and current vintage wine was added to the skins for further maturation and extraction. The blend of 65% Cabernet Franc Appassimento and 35% Shiraz enhances the fruit characteristics and produces a wine of exceptional body and complexity.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc, Shiraz|
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 24 months|
Our Mountainview Merlot, which has been barrel aged for more than 24 months in French oak barrels, is best described as full bodied with rich and balanced tannins. On the nose, this wine offers beautiful aromas of blackberry, plum and smoke leading to a warm mouth feel on the palate with a blend of cherry, plum and cedar notes.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
Syrah is such an interesting varietal and fairly scarce in Niagara. Our sole source of estate Syrah is a single block in the north west corner of our KEW Vineyard. Its taste profile lies between Pinot Noir and Merlot. The nose is a complex combination of plum, spice, leather and some black cherry while the aging for 14 months in French oak gives the palate a spice and toasty note that makes this wine memorable.
We enjoy pairing this wine with duck breast, lamb, pork or BBQ.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
This is the first vintage of this single vineyard designated wine. The Angels Step vineyard is an immaculate vineyard on the west side of the Beamsville Bench. Its 25 acres are sloped at a gradual step down that perfectly highlights everything that the bench is known for: slope, elevation, rich soil, excellent drainage and airflow.
This Pinot Noir is a very gentle but complex expression of the grape varietal. On the nose it has lots of cherry, earth, cedar and a bit of spice. The palate is medium to full with lots of raspberry and cherry. The acidity is really special giving this wine a refreshing note which would make it perfect for food.
The vinification includes more than 14 months in French oak barrels which offers excellent texture and softer tannins to the palate.