2017 Cabernet-Merlot ‘Old Vines’
Estate Grown & Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake
This Cabernet-Merlot, is a classically styled blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that has been aged for 15 months in French oak barrels. We use the time-honoured tradition of sourcing grapes from our various vineyards in order to combine the best flavour profiles of each site. The resulting wine is complex with flavours of dark chocolate, raspberry and cassis. It is certainly ready to drink now but has the structure to continue to develop in the bottle for 5-10 years.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
The grapes for this wine were grown exclusively in our vineyards. We made this Cab-Merlot from hand-selected grapes from several of our vineyards focusing on only our oldest vineyard blocks. We selected the best bunches on each vine and removed the rest, we exposed the bunches on the east side of the rows in late August then the west side in September and we removed individual berries from the hanging bunches if they were not up to par. But the best wines are made in the vineyard so we want to give the winemaking team the best grapes we possibly can.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
This is a perfect wine to have on hand to take to parties or to serve when friends drop by. It’s also versatile enough to pair well with tomato-based pastas like classic spaghetti and meatballs, grilled beef kabobs or braised short ribs.
|Harvest Date||Alcohol||Brix at Harvest||PH||Total Acidity||Cases Produced||Residual Sugar|
|Nov 9||12.60%||23.1˚||3.51||5.2||485||1.0 g/L|
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