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 characteristics 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 65% / Merlot 35%|
|Vineyard:||Estate Vineyard, KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 16 Months|
Our Mountainview Cabernet Franc is a blockbuster. The nose is jammed with currents, black berry, dark cherry and a hint of smoke. The oak treatment includes more than 14 months in French oak. This wine is rich and complex making it perfect for the cellar.
We enjoy pairing this Cabernet Franc with red meat, game or other full flavour dishes.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
Our 2019 Mountainview Syrah has been barrel aged in French oak allowing its pepper notes to show upfront and then leading to hints of blackberry, blueberry and black pepper on the palate. Take some time for yourself and savour this wine’s long, smooth finish.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
This blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier has a nose of red berries while the palate offers hints of strawberry, raspberry, tree fruits and a little minerality. This dry wine lets you enjoy a crisp, lingering finish.
Angels Share Rosé is a perfect sipping wine regardless of the season and it can take your cocktail to the next level! This wine will go beautifully with salads, pastas or salmon.
|Varietal:||Pinot Noir 49%, Chard 13%, Pinot Meunier 38%|
|Vineyard:||KEW and Mountainview Vineyard
|Aging Process:||Stainless steel fermented and aged.
Everyone loves an underdog and Gamay, although a classic varietal, always seems to walk in the shadow of Pinot Noir. However, Gamay Noir typically offers enhanced acidity and a more fruit forward palate than the average Pinot Noir.
We treat our Gamay with as much respect as our Pinot Noir. The vines are meticulously maintained ensuring that we get a balanced crop abound with ripe fruit. As Gamay Noir is a delicate style of wine, we allow it to sit on the skins for two weeks. This helps derive colour and complexity. The wine is then barrel aged in both small and large French oak barrels to soften and mature the wine.
On the nose this wine is full of red plum, raspberry, blackberry and a hint of smoked meat. The palate is refreshing, with dominate red berry notes. With its natural acidity, Gamay Noir is a wine that resets the palate with each sip.
One of the best things about Gamay Noir is its versatility. When slightly chilled the fruit steps forward even more, while the acidity drops further into the background. This keeps the wine refreshing and is perfect for those that typically drink white wine.Gamay Noir is a real treat when served alongside grilled meats, stuffed peppers or light gravies. It is also fabulous paired with spicy chicken wings.
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged in French Oak for 10 Months|