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Delaine Vineyard Cabernet-Merlot

Cabernet-Merlot


Cabernet Sauvignon 51.0%
Cabernet Franc 29.0%
Merlot 20.0%
Alcohol 13.7%
Acidity Tartaric 5.9
Residual Sugar (G/L) 5.0
Full Cases Produced 600

Winemaking

2007 was a renowned vintage for both Cabernet & Merlot in the Niagara region due to a hot, dry summer. The grapes for this vintage were cold macerated for 4 days, fermented with select yeasts for 10 days, and then macerated another 5 days after fermentation. The wine underwent complete malolactic fermentation and was aged for 18 months in new and 1 year old 70% French and 30% American Oak.

Harvest

The grapes for our 2007 Delaine Vineyard Cabernet-Merlot were harvested at 23.5 degrees Brix on November 1, 2007 exclusively from the Delaine Vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Delaine Vineyard: First planted in 1999, the Delaine Vineyard was named after our founder, Don Triggs, and his wife Elaine. Formerly an apple orchard, Delaine Vineyard is dedicated to providing premium quality vinifera grapes for Jackson-Triggs' Niagara Estate winery. The 100 acre vineyard also serves as a research centre and is dedicated to maximizing fruit quality by tracking the impact of different clone and rootstock combinations, pruning techniques, soils and climatic conditions on a range of grape varietals. It's location is one of the best in the Niagara region for Bordeaux red varietals and aromatic white grape varietals.

Appearance

Full-bodied and dark ruby in colour, our 2007 Cabernet-Merlot embodies the distinct terroir of the Niagara Peninsula and highlights the outstanding 2007 vintage. Showcasing rich red fruit aromas of cherry, red berry, and blackberry layered with hints of bell pepper, mocha, spiced vanilla, and smoked leather. Lush flavours of cherry, red berry, and mint with a firm tannic structure and elegant finish. This vintage is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Merlot.

Food Pairing

Pairs perfectly with beef tenderloin, venison, prime rib, rack of lamb or aged cheeses.