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Triomphe Merlot VQA by Southbrook Vineyards 2016

Triomphe Merlot VQA

by Southbrook Vineyards 2016

Producer : Southbrook Vineyards

Region : Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

This is not the sweet, simple stereotype of Merlot, but a reminder why it is the most important grape of Bordeaux. Rich but not heavy, with silky tannins supporting the ripeness of a warm vintage. A kiss of oak lends a smoky nuance to the lush fruit for a truly hedonistic experience. Highly adaptable, it will especially shine with lamb, duck, and vegetarian dishes with black beans and roasted red pepper.

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Southbrook Vineyards
Region Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)
Alcohol 12.5% alc. / vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Organic, Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 4%% Cabernet Sauvignon, 96%% Merlot
Food Pairing Cured Meat, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Wine Type Red
Price of Case $178.50

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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