There is something about our Niagara River VQA terroir that produces, vintage to vintage, some of the ripest and rich Cabernet Sauvignons in the Peninsula. Moreover, 2014 was an unexpectedly good vintage. Our small acreage allows us to harvest at the perfect time. Although the harvest was relatively small, the quality was exceptional. Low yields of less than 1 ton per acre, careful vineyard management and extended hang time deep into November allowed the fruit to achieve optimal ripeness and flavour development.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon was carefully crafted to take advantage of the exceptional growing conditions. The concentration is evident in the deep and opaque ruby colour of the wine. The nose is a wonderful and integrated combination of ripe black fruits, exotic spices, tobacco and licorice. Extended barrel ageing with a limited amount of new French oak provides the savoury nuances of wood, smoke and toast. Intense flavours of black currants and cassis, dark chocolate, licorice, cedar, and tobacco complement the balanced texture of fine tannins and alcohol. The finish lingers enjoyably. Drinking beautifully now with excellent ageing potential into 2025.