Although 2019 was a rainy and cool year reduced crop yields for whites enabled some very good quality fruit. Due to the hard skins of the Bordeaux varieties they held up well but were well cropped and hung long into the fall. It was a season where all varieties stayed on the vine longer than usual to balance PH, Acidity, and Brix. In the fall there was an unusual early frost that hit the later maturing grapes increasing sugar levels. Good or fair would be an accurate assessment with some interesting characters for the fruit. A blend of five varietals that grow remarkably well in Ontario, the aromatics showcase notes of black cherry and currant, with subtleties of sweet tobacco, candied plum, mint and black pepper. The palate mirrors the nose, but with a distinct shift towards ripened cherry, candied liquorice and cooked blackberries.
When considering options, the versatility this wine brings is unparalleled – enjoy slightly chilled on its own, or with foods that feature chili spice or savoury (umami) qualities. A spicy sausage and mixed vegetable skillet pasta will balance residual sugar, whilst highlighting tannin and acid profile of this wine, while a blue cheese Portobello burger will make the wine taste more dry and acidic, balancing sweetness.
11 g/l sugar