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2016 Meritage Canadian Oak

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Meritage is a regulated term for wines mnade only from two or more "noble" Bordeaux grape varieties (no singel variety can make up moer than 90% of tthe blend). To give our Meritage (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) a local twist, the wine is aged exclusively in Canadian oak barrels.  

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blend
Appellation
VQA Niagara Peninsula
Brix at Harvest
23.4
Residual Sweetness
3 g/l
Cases Made
119
Alcohol %
12.9
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Crisp acidity balances with aromas and flavours of flowers (violets, carnations), berries, black cherries, herbal notes (flint, crushed rock, black pepper, black tea, menthol), mocha and dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and toasty oak. The finish is long and smooth. Best Serving Temperature 16° to 19° C.
Ratings
91/100 This wine is so unbelievably fun. 50% Merlot, 25% Cab Sauv and 25% Cab Franc. Tons of black cherry, plum skin, dried blackberry, poured over cocoa and anise seed. There's a bit of cigar tobacco on the finish. Canadian Oak. Lovely. Andrew Bernardo (Wine Blogger)88/100. A savoury, juicy, full-bodied Niagara Red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes aged in Canadian oak barrels. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Natalie Maclean (Canada's most widely quoted wine writer)
Winemaker Notes
This eight barrel blend is 50% Merlot, 25% each Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Canadian oak barrels were primarily one and two years old and the wine remained in oak for 17 months.
Food Pairing Notes
The gentle astringency would go well with a leaner cut of beef, such as filet mignon (tenderloin) or sirloin, and complement the clean, ripe fruit with a fruit-based sauce.
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