2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. David's Bench Vineyard | VQA — St David's Bench$34.95 750 ml Bottle | $419.40 Case
Paul Bosc and Amélie Boury's Winemaker's Notes
We grow Cabernet Sauvignon in only two places: a block on Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard which is the core of Equuleus and here on the St. David’s Bench Vineyard. This is the only single variety Cab Sauv we make and only when Mother Nature cooperates. This Cab Sauv goes through temperature controlled fermentation and is then aged in 1-2 year old French oak barrels for up to 12 months. The result is a wine with deep ruby colour and cassis and bell pepper on the nose. It is full bodied and complex showing classic varietal character. Its ready to drink now but will continue to develop and soften over the next 5-10 years.
Miguel Fontalvo's vineyard manager's Notes
Our St. David’s Bench Vineyard is located about 10 km from Lake Ontario in the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation. Its one of the warmest sites in the Niagara peninsula making it ideal for getting full grape ripening and maturation for Bordeaux varietals, in most years. No site is perfect all the time! The vines also absorb limestone-rich water flowing off the Escarpment in underground artesian springs. It’s this aspect of the vineyard’s terroir that gives this wine its signature minerality. It’s also why we never have to worry about irrigating the vineyard.