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The Red Wine Enthusiast

$169.00

The perfect pack for any red wine enthusiast includes the following 6 bottles of red wine:
  • Gamay Noir
  • Pinot Noir
  • Cabernet-Merlot
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Icewine
  • Cabernet-Merlot ‘Old Vines’

Winemaker's Notes

GAMAY NOIR

Our Gamay Noir is a medium-bodied, easy-drinking red wine. It has a purplish red colour and will remind you of cherry and berry fruit on the nose. The tannins are soft but still apparent to give a little structure. Fermentation and ageing are done in stainless steel so the flavours are strictly the grape. The finish is smooth and it lingers just long enough.

PINOT NOIR

There are two distinct styles of Pinot in the world of wine: big, jammy fruit bombs typical of hot climates, and a more delicate, nuanced and balanced wine with silky tannins that is more typical in cool climates. Our Pinot Noir most often is described in the latter style. It should remind you of strawberries and violets on the nose with a hint of mushrooms. On the palate, the tannins are nicely integrated giving the wine structure and age-ability.

In memory of Michèle Bosc, $1 from the sale of each bottle of Cuvée Michèle Pinot Noir at the winery or online will be donated to the Camp Kerry Society which specializes in providing bereavement programs and support to individuals and families impacted by serious illness, grief and loss.

CABERNET-MERLOT

This Cabernet- Merlot is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from several different vineyards. We like to use a combination of sources for this wine to achieve consistency in the bottle vintage to vintage. The juice underwent cold-soak maceration for the first three days with the remainder temperature controlled. A few months in French oak barrels added complexity and a hint of spice, but not to overpower the wonderful bouquet of strawberry and cassis. The tannins are nicely integrated and balanced. This wine is drinking well now but will continue to evolve in the bottle for several more years.

MERLOT

We only make this Merlot in the best years and in very limited quantities. In the cellar, it undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation and is aged for one year in French oak barrels. We stir the barrels regularly to make sure every drop of wine has come in contact with the oak. It has a purplish ruby colour and a bouquet of black cherry and dark chocolate. It is a rich, full-bodied wine with cherry and cassis flavours and a silky finish. We built this wine to last and it will continue to develop for 5-10 years after bottling.

CABERNET ICEWINE

Red Icewine is a rare product and we believe no other has the bold colour of our Cabernet Icewine. The rich ruby-crimson heralds the bold and distinctive flavour we have been able to achieve with this wine. You will be able to tell this is a blend of the two Cabernets; Franc and Sauvignon by the aromas of cassis, cedar and dark chocolate but there are also layers of complexity with cranberry and strawberry notes. On the palate the balancing acidity keeps the sweetness in check so you experience a mouthful of flavor, not just sugar. This is a unique and explosive wine unlike anything else you have tasted.

CABERNET-MERLOT ‘OLD VINES’

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

GAMAY NOIR

We believe we are custodians of the land and have been practicing sustainable agriculture right from the beginning. Our practices include never using herbicides; we control weeds by tilling them into the soil where they add nutrients; our cellars are geothermal environments where heating and air conditioning are not needed at any time during the year. These are just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices both in the vineyards and in the winery.

PINOT NOIR

Pinot Noir is known the world over as the “heartbreak grape” because of how difficult it is to grow well. The slightest bit of moisture in the air can spell trouble so it is critical that we stay vigilant during the growing season. Our sustainable practices mean we are in the vineyards routinely, so we can spot the beginnings of a problem and stop it from developing.
Our sustainable practices include never using herbicides; we control weeds by tilling them into the soil where they add nutrients; our cellars are geothermal environments where heating and air conditioning are not needed at any time during the year. These are just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices both in the vineyards and in the winery.

CABERNET-MERLOT

Cabernet Franc is one of Niagara’s signature grape varieties and the most widely planted red vinifera in the Peninsula. We have blocks on three of our four vineyards dating back to 1985. Cabernet Sauvignon, while less widely planted in Niagara, has roughly the same acreage as Cabernet Franc in our vineyards. It is not generally known that Cabernet Sauvignon is the offspring of Cabernet Franc. It is an 18th century cross of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. All three varieties are native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grapes for this wine were grown exclusively in our own vineyards.

2016 MERLOT

We are fortunate to be able to work with the St. David’s Bench Vineyard. It is an incredible sight. Because it is so far from the lake and nestled against the Escarpment, we are able to achieve full maturity and ripeness in our reds. We do a lot of hand-work in the rows to help the vine concentrate flavours. For example, we select the best bunches on each vine and remove the rest, we expose the bunches on the East side of the rows in late August then the Westside in September, and we will remove individual berries from the hanging bunches if they are 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.

CABERNET ICEWINE

Cabernet Franc has acclimatized extremely well to the Niagara Peninsula so it is a good candidate to make into Icewine. Cabernet Sauvignon has a thick skin which allows the grapes to stay intact while we wait for the deep freeze. We tend the blocks earmarked for Icewine like any other blocks by carefully managing the yields and of course keeping the bunches clean by removing any grapes at the first signs of breakdown. Then we wait. And in the winter, when the temperature drops to -10ºC we hand-harvest the bunches by the light of the moon.

CABERNET-MERLOT ‘OLD VINES’

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

GAMAY NOIR

Our Gamay Noir is delicious with tomato-based pasta and lighter grilled dishes. Because it is unoaked we like to chill the bottle for a few minutes on a hot summer day and enjoy it on the patio at lunch with grilled chicken breast sandwiches.

PINOT NOIR

The classic Burgundian pairing of Pinot Noir and locally raised lamb can certainly apply in Ontario with many farmers raising lamb. Try this Pinot Noir with a lamb burger fresh off the grill topped with caramelized onions.

CABERNET-MERLOT

This Cabernet has the structure to pair well with many different meat-based dishes but also has the acidity to work well with pasta topped with tomato sauce.

MERLOT

This is a full-throttle Merlot. It begs for a dish that is equal in weight and substance. Try our Merlot with a double-cut Ontario pork chop with blueberry compote on the side.

CABERNET ICEWINE

Cabernet Icewine is a fun pairing exercise because it has so many wonderful flavours to compliment. A simple but decadent dessert would be New York cheesecake drizzled with a reduction of the Cabernet Icewine and of course a glass of the wine on the side. We also think this is the only Icewine that works with chocolate. Think about the most velvety chocolate fudge cake with a fresh strawberry compote between the layers.

CABERNET-MERLOT ‘OLD VINES’

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 pasta like classic spaghetti and meatballs, grilled beef kabobs or braised short ribs.

Technical Notes

GAMAY NOIR

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
September 30 12.1% 22.8˚ 3.52 5.2 3275 1.6 g/L

PINOT NOIR

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
September 22 12.1% 23˚ 3.65 4.5 4415 1 g/L

CABERNET-MERLOT

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 10, 18 & 19 12.10% 23˚ 3.63 5 4000 1.6 g/L

MERLOT

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
October 19 13.5% 25˚ 3.8 5 480 0 g/L

CABERNET ICEWINE

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
December 19 10.90% 44˚ 3.91 6 489 175 g/L

 

CABERNET-MERLOT ‘OLD VINES’

Harvest Date Alcohol Brix at Harvest PH Total Acidity Cases Produced Residual Sugar
November 19 12.6% 23.1˚ 3.51 5.2 485 1.0 g/L

 

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