2015 Exclamation Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2015 vintage was warm, dry and featured lots of sunshine during the day, but also cool refreshing nights. No sustained heatwaves or heavy rains were present, leading to a slightly warmer-than-average summer. Established French varietals in the Niagara Peninsula had no issue with the lack of precipitation and fared quite well. 2015 represented a typical summer in Niagara, known for developing good, if not great fruit and acid characteristics in still and sparkling wines.
An exceptional wine produced with minimal intervention from exceptional fruit. This vintage of Exclamation Cabernet Sauvignon showcases aromatics rooted in black cherry, blackberry jam, cooked strawberry, ginger snap, liquorice, juniper and cedar, with subtle dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate mirrors the nose, but with focus on ripened blackberry and blueberry, with undertones of liquorice and resinous oak. Mid-palate acidity integrates well with tannin profile, and primary fruit is pronounced after two years of barrel maturity. With minimal time, this wine will showcase the hallmarks of an outstanding Niagara red.
Recipes such as smoked beef brisket, or cider and maple roasted pork belly bring salt and protein to mellow tannin, creating a balanced mouth feel. Or simply pair with cheese and charcuterie, such as aged cheddar, Mimolette or Manchego, alongside Prosciutto, chorizo and Genoa.
Appellation: VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Aging: 24 months French Oak
Alcohol: 14% ABV
Residual Sugar: 3.8g/L
Cellar capacity: Now till 2025+