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Bigger Red Select VQA 9L Salmanazar (OWC)

by Big Head 2017

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Delivery Time :
1-2 weeks (Complimentary Delivery)

Producer : Big Head

Region : Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 1 x 9000 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Red Meat, Steak, Suckling Pig, Veal roasted

Tasting Notes

This is another example of the epic 2017 vintage. The nose is powerful and just starting to develop. The ripe, and slightly jammy, red and black fruit explode from the glass and are supported by the baking spice aromas of the oak. The palate is dry and the tannins have a firm grip, which I recommend aging or decanting to soften. The fruit that comes to mind are black cherry, black raspberry, plum, and watermelon. There is a juiciness to this wine that speaks to the ideal balance of ripe “sweetness” and acidity. The finish is rich and slightly buttery from the time in oak. Overall, a very pleasing wine that will benefit from time.

The Cabernet Franc and Merlot were dried for 10-17 days depending on the lot, while the Petit Verdot for 40. The thicker skin allows for the Petit Verdot to dry more slowly. Although the fruit was clean, we processed with double sorting tables to ensure only the best fruit past through to fermentation, which was done in large 2000L and 4000L oak vats. The skin contact during fermentation ranged from 20 to 30 days, pump overs and punch downs took place twice a day, and then the wines were pressed into 225L French oak for 22 months. The wines were blended after aging.


Bottles Per Case Single Bottles
Cellaring Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Sugar Content (g/L) <2 g/L
Bottle Size 9000 ml
Producer Big Head
Region Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 14.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2017
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Red Meat, Steak, Suckling Pig, Veal roasted
Descriptors Earthy, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $1, 080.00

The Producer

Big Head

A family of passionate individuals that love all things vinous, Big Head Wines have been making wine in the Niagara area for over a decade, and this is their first project on their own. Big Head sources only the best fruit from the Niagara region, working closely with growers that share their attention to detail and pursuit of the highest quality.


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