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Poetica Cabernet Merlot VQA by Southbrook Vineyards 2007

Poetica Cabernet Merlot VQA

by Southbrook Vineyards 2007

Producer : Southbrook Vineyards

Region : Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Tasting Notes

Ann Sperling's 2007 Cab Merlot, farmed organically and in transition to biodynamics, has a wonderfully perfumed nose full of ripe blackberry and cassis fruit bolstered by beguiling floral aromas like fresh violets, as well as masterfully integrated wood spice notes of licorice, vanilla and clove. The palate is fullish and juicy, with ripe but fresh fruit flavours, moderate alcohol (12.7%) and light, velvety tannins. This is a model of elegance and finesse, to be enjoyed now or held mid-term (3-6 years) in the cellar.


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Southbrook Vineyards
Region Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 12.7% alc. / vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2007
Farming Method Organic, Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Type Red
Price of Case $328.50

The Producer

Southbrook Vineyards

Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier, seasoned agriculturalists in Ontario, have a deep-rooted connection to the local food scene. Initially, they ran Southbrook Farms as a bustling on-site market and a spot where you could pick your own produce in Richmond Hill, ON. Their journey took a vinous turn in 1991 when they ventured into the realm of winemaking, setting up a small-scale winery. To craft their premium VQA wines, they carefully selected grapes from vineyards in Niagara.

In 2005, with guidance from Ann Sperling, now the Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, the Redelmeier family seized the opportunity to acquire a prime 74-acre plot nestled in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Later, they expanded their domain by adding another 75 acres from a neighbouring property. This expansion allowed them to create pastures and barns for their resident flock of sheep. In 2008, the doors to their LEED-Gold, award-winning hospitality pavilion swung open, marking Southbrook Vineyards as Canada’s inaugural winery certified both organic and biodynamic.

Throughout their stewardship, Southbrook has steadfastly eschewed chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, opting instead for a more holistic approach. Embracing biodynamic practices, they view the vineyard as an integral part of a self-sustaining ecosystem. Soil fertility is maintained through solar-powered means, with grazers like sheep converting pasture into vital nutrients. This commitment has transformed the property into a haven for biodiversity, teeming with wildlife, pollinators, and ingredients for biodynamic preparations. Coupled with the favourable conditions of the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation and clay-rich soils, Southbrook's careful cultivation yields distinctive wines, including Chardonnay, Semillon, and a range of red Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, along with Syrah.


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