2011 Southbrook connect red

I tasted this one at the iYellow Ice wine event and then bought a bottle for a more in depth tasting. Dark in color with nice nose of red berries, even a little dried fruits coming through. Quite nice. On the mid pallet the wine has lovely red berries and again dried fruits to match the nose, with a touch of sweetness. On the finish the wine has some nice dryness, some nice tannins, some earthy notes and some acidity. The alcohol is noticeable so I would suggest a bit of breathing. I would give it an 88. Not a bad wine for the price.

From the winery’s web site:
Estate grown in our organic and demeter certified vineyard. Harvested for “fresh fruit level of maturity”; this intense flavour window provides full expression of red fruits, blueberries and cassis. 39% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Appellation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Alcohol: 13% Titratable Acidity: 6.2 g/l ph: 3.66

Grapes were handpicked and cluster sorted before destemming and crushing. 50% fermentation in oak vats and stainless steel tanks for 4 weeks total maceration time before gentle pressing, settling and aging in oak vats for 3 months. Blending Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon then sterile filtration prior to bottling. No fining.

From the LCBO web site:
SOUTHBROOK ORGANIC RED CONNECT VQA LCBO 249565 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 15.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Southbrook Farms Winery
12.9% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content: 9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

Tasting Note
Ruby-purple in colour; fragrant aromas of black currant, raspberries and vanilla oak; dry and medium-bodied, with balanced acidity and moderate tannins; flavours of blackberry-cherry, spice, earth and a medium long finish.

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