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2014 Cabernet Merlot VQA Niagara Peninsula

Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends, as it’s the three main varietals compliment one another’s strengths.  The blend typically includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  Cabernet Sauvignon creates the skeletal structure of the wine, Cabernet Franc brings the mid palate, while the Merlot offers elegance by tempering the Cabernet varieties.  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.

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 Varietal: Cabernet Franc 50% / Cabernet Sauvingon 30% / Merlot 20%
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard, Emerald Shore Vineyard & KEW Vineyard
Aging Process: Barrel Aged French Oak 12 Months
Alcohol: 13%
Cases: 4000

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Collections: Red Wine

Type: Red Wine



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