2015 MERLOT CABERNET FRANC
VQA TWENTY MILE BENCH
Availability Winery Retail, Online
The grapes for this blend were all sourced from a single vineyard in the Twenty Mile Bench region of Niagara. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines are over 25 years old.
The Cabernet Franc and Merlot were aged separately in French oak for 14 months. The final blend (60% Merlot; 40% Cab Franc) was bottled unfined and with very minimal filtration.
This succulent red delivers flavours of wild berries, cherries and vanilla with a hint of oak.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Perfect with barbeque steak, roasted meats and grilled vegetables.
“A supple, savoury, … red wine blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Aromas of dark cherry and cigar box. Perfect for grilled meats.” Score 89 Natalie Maclean, nataliemaclean.com
“This showcases purity of fruit, balance and oodles of delectable tang. Briary berry, savory herbs and camphor aromas blossom from this medium-bodied red blend. It bathes the palate with ripe, red-fruit flavours—currant, cherry and plum—robed in excellent tang and piquant spice. The finish and aftertaste are nicely balanced. Give it a go with pasta and meatballs in tomato sauce or poblano peppers stuffed with minced beef, tomatoes and rice.” ****1/2 Vic Harradine winecurrent.com