Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
New Vintage! This wine was previously featured in the store, but is back by popular demand!
Vineland Estates is no stranger to WineCollective! We featured the 2014 Cabernet Franc in packages in 2015 - it was a special project that we were proud to be apart of. The 2014 vintage was the very first vintage in which Brian was able to use his nifty, Optical Sorter machine. The optical sorter takes 1,000 pictures per second and using a UV lens, determines the ripeness of each individual grape by colour. At the blink of an eye, the optical sorter is able to remove any grapes that are not to the required ripeness. In no way does the optical sorter affect the Niagara VQA fruit. Find out more about Vineland and the optical sorter on the WineCollective blog! The 2016 is equally as impressive, and totally affordable! In its youth, this Cabernet Franc is beautiful, but we recommend that you can save this wine until 2021. Serve at 17 degrees Celsius.
Medium raspberry core, with slightly lighter edges and a watery rim.
Fresh and bold out of the gate with ripe raspberry and currants. There is a meaty sausage and cracked pepper, savoury quality, which is taken over by sweet tobacco and riper berries as the wine opens.
Ripe, wild red cherries and currants. There is more spice and a softer cracked white pepper. Acidity is medium plus and balanced well with the slight and sticky tannins. The alcohol is a modest and pleasant 12.5%. The most impressive part of the wine is the finish, which lingers with riper sweet berries.
Garlic and herb rubbed pork roast with a sweet partner of parsnip purée or roasted sweet potato.
Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Retail: $74.99 Club: $54.99