In 1891 , Captain J.S Hamilton, the president of Pelee Island Wine Company and J.S Hamilton & Co., Began construction of a three story building with the tone being quarried from the island. Named the Wine House, it was located on five acres of land near the West dock on Pelee Island. The press was located on the third floor and the juice was channeled to the five thousand litre oak casks in the cellar of the Wine House.
With Vin Villa Vineyards (1865) already well established. and along with the Wine House, the new century began with a strong winemaking spirit on the island.
This wine will continue the tradition of excellence which began with the "Vinedressers" of Pelee Island Winery, to shine into the next millennium.
This wine is aged for 16 months in French and Hungarian barrique barrels.
This Meritage is a classical blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Aged for 16 months in French and Hungarian barrique barrels, this is a full bodied wine with a lot of character.
Wine Maker’s Notes:
While strolling through the vineyards taking a look at the progress of our grapes, we decided that it was high time to add another premium brand to our line of Vinedresser Series wines. Seeing as we had enough matured fruit on vines that had been planted for fifteen years or so, we hand selected the grapes and came up with a wonderful blend idea.
We would try our hand at a Bordeleaux blend known widely as Meritage. This vintage has excellent aging potential that we expect will continue well beyond 2006.
One sip of this wine and you’ll see why it deserves such a prestigious
name. A wine this rich and flavourful would be excellent served at room temperature with tender cut of prime rib or all on its own.
Years ago, in an international contest to name the distinct blend of “Meritage,” the name was chosen as a word that combined “merit” and “heritage” to reflect the spirit of the members of The Meritage Association.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Cabernet Franc
Residual Sugar: 2 g/L
Available In: 750 ml
Sugar Code: (0)