? Hand picked from our own Thirty Bench vineyard.
? Each varietal separately undergoes traditional red wine making with three to four weeks of skin contact in open wooden fermenters; hand plunged to break surface cap three times daily.
? Barrel aged in French and American oak for one year.
? Full malolactic fermentation.
? Each varietal is tasted separately before final assemblage is created.
? Deep purple black colour with an aromatic bouquet of rich black currant, black cherry, black pepper, violet, humidor, cocoa and soft oak.
? Medium to full-bodied with velvety tannins and flavours of rich black fruits and spice.
? Black currant, spice and leather notes linger through on the finish.
? 90 points – “The 2007 red Bordeaux blend from Thirty Bench is one of the best to emerge from the winery in years, and a top value at that. It’s chalk-full of ripe red and black berry fruit with just the right amount of supporting wood. The palate is full and succulent, with big, ripe tannins and velvety texture. Great length…” John Szabo, Ontario Wine Review, August 2009.
? 90 points – “This is a big brawny muscular red with gobs of fruit. Forward licorice, smoke, black cherry and cedar aromas get amplified on the flavours, along with vanilla bean, a hint of mocha and chocolate. Big tannins. Let it age a couple of years.” Gord Stimmell, The Toronto Star, September 12, 2009.
? Category Champion – Canada Red Blends – 89 points – Value Wine Awards, October / November 2009, Wine Access magazine.
? Silver Medal – Canadian Wine Awards 2009.