See what wine writer Vic Harradine had to say about our 2007 Meritage and 2007 Chosen FEW Red:
Tasted the following Fielding ‘Meritage’ last year at this time and gave it 5 stars. I think it shows more depth, a bit more complexity and as much promise as before. My most recent tasting notes follow. Should I have given it 5½ stars?
My first crack at the ‘Chosen FEW Red’ and it’s a whopper of a wine. Needing time in the bottle, connoisseurs, collectors and just plain red-wine lovers with a bit of extra cash will certainly want a piece of this.
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Dark, rich and bursting with complexity, this red blend—62% Merlot, 34% Cab Sauv and 4% Cab Franc—is an unfined, unfiltered stunner. Deep rich berry fruit aromas interweave with toasty notes, espresso roast and sweet vanilla wafting from this medium-full bodied, generously textured beauty. Succulent cassis, racy cranberry and sweet ripe mulberry wash in endless waves over the palate. Black pepper and spice-infused chocolate-covered cherries adorn the endless, well-balanced aftertaste. The firm tannin underpinning adds structure and charm.
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One of Niagara’s most exciting young winemakers, a spectacular red-wine vintage and meticulous grape and barrel selection coalesced into this b-cubed hedonistic red blend—brash, bold and beautiful. Needing at least 4 more years in bottle, it’s tight now, tasting as juicy, dense and thick as a barrel sample, with added charm. Dark toast, roasted herbs and spice-laden dark berry fruit on the nose, it coats the palate with teeth-staining waves of espresso roast, dark juicy succulent fruit—black currant, Bing cherry and black plum—adorned with fennel and kitchen spice. It’s full bodied, fully flavoured and sports a lingering fruit-filled finish framed by moderating acidity underpinned by firm unresolved tannin. Winemaker, Richie Roberts, suggest cellaring potential to 2020.