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TERROIR CACH… 2015 Unfiltered, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer HIDDEN BENCH
Extremely deep intense purple colour. Intense, still slightly compressed, spicy, ripe plum, cassis, black cherry nose with some refined cedary notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, well structured, intense, very attractive, solid, ripe plum-cassis-cherry flavours with a lingering, fairly spicy, gently cedary, high-acid, mineral-tinged finish. Perfection with a rib steak. This 13 % alcohol totally new blend of 36% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 24% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon (the Cabernet Sauvignon was missing in the tasting note appearing in the Vintages Catalogue) are all organically grown. Most important, it has not been fined and/or filtered meaning that it should age well and even improve over the next decade or so. Of the ten Vintages releases I have reviewed, this 2015 (next to the outstanding 2008) reigns supreme. One of the top Canadian reds of the year - donít miss it. CSPC 505610
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Mar Ant
Country Canada
Region Ontario
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Complex, Solid, Ripe
LCBO Note Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: It is not common to see successful Bordeaux reds grown on escarpment sites, but this is an exception and perhaps a tribute to HB's detailed viticulture and winemaking. It's a blend of 36% cabernet franc, 34% merlot and a surprising 24% malbec. It shows deep colour, lovely floral, blackberry fruit (thanks malbec), vanillin and spice. It is quite elegant, even svelte, and fairly dense with good acidity and fine, firm tannin. Excellent length. Best 2019 to 2025. Score - 92 (David Lawrason, winealign.com, March 14, 2018) Price $ 44.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - November 24, 2018
Cases bought 131 (12 bottles per case)

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