2014 Tawse Meritage

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
VQA Niagara Peninsula
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2030

Meritage is a premium blend of Bordeaux reds, the 2014 vintage consisting of 50% Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Kocsis Cabernet Franc and 23% Laundry Merlot. 2014 was a cool growing season and the previous winter was very cold and hard on the vineyards, resulting in a light crop. Because of this only 1,000 bottles were produced. This Meritage is quite approachable with aromas of cigar box cedar, tart blueberry and dried mint leaf notes. The palate experiences smooth and well integrated tannins with blueberry, pomegranate and eucalyptus flavours. A truly beautiful example of a Bordeaux Blend.

Winemaking Notes
Growing Conditions

Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand-leaf removal and hand- harvest.

Tasting Notes
All prices include Ontario bottle deposits; $0.20 for bottles of 750 mL and $0.10 for bottles of 375 mL and less.

Professional Reviews

Louise Boutin Wine Current

There were only 1000 bottles of this premium Bordeaux blend produced from top-quality, hand-picked fruit-50% cabernet sauvignon / 27% cabernet franc / 23% merlot. Ripe black fruit, dark chocolate-covered black cherry, tobacco leaf, pencil shaving and sweet smoke aromas are intense on the nose. Cassis, blackberry, and ripe cherry flavours mingle with green bell pepper, dry oregano and freshly cracked black peppercorn offering a robust feast for the palate with its firm yet fine-grained tannin, splendid acidity and long finish. This medium-full bodied gem will further evolve over the next ten years. If drinking now, aerate/decant three hours and enjoy with rare-grilled flank steak or stuffed Portobello mushrooms.