This red was ranked as the Best Red Blend in Canada and won a gold medal at the 2009 Canadian Wine Awards.
Deep red/dark purple in colour. The nose is well integrated and intense with aromas of sweet dark fruits, vanilla, ground dark-roast coffee, caramel, molasses, pomegranate, toasted oak, and wild strawberries. Concentrated flavours in the mouth, dense and rich, with great texture and fine grain tannins.
Components of the final blend were vinified separately. Following eighteen months aging in barrel on lees, individual barrels were selected for the 2007 Meritage through a series of tastings and trial blends. The wine was allowed to marry in tank after being racked form barrel, and then was bottled without fining or filtration. Interestingly, the barrels chosen were done so blind and were from a number of Cooperages: Berthomieu, Ermitage, Kelvin, Keystone, Mercury, and Ra doux.
Cooperage: French (70%) and American (30%) oak barriques (38% new oak).
Harvest Dates: October 3 - November 18, 2007
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L (sugar code 0)
Total Acidity: 6.5g/L
Blend: Merlot (62%), Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), Cabernet Franc (4%)
Appellation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Drinks well in its youth, but will drink best 2012-2020. Decant in its youth