Merlot Cabernet Franc 2016
Rosehall Run
Region: Ontario

Tasting Notes

This succulent red delivers flavours of wild berries, cherries and vanilla with a hint of oak.

Cabernet Franc is the parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A complex red, resulting in aromas of raspberry, bramble, and bell pepper (pyrazines). Merlot, which means ‘the little black bird’, is a Bordeaux grape variety, known for being approachable as well as being able to develop with age.

Nestled on a peninsula on the north shore of Lake Ontario, a short drive from Kingston, the Prince Edward County wine region sits on a bed of porous limestone. This is crucial for creating the mineral, brightly acidic wines the region is known for. The vineyards benefit from breezes off of Lake Ontario, keeping the temperature down on hot summer days and cool at night. “The County” was first settled in the late 18th Century and, after years of farmland agriculture, began growing grapes in earnest by the early 2000s.

The grapes for this blend were all sourced from a single vineyard in the Twenty Mile Bench region of Niagara. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines are over 25 years old.

The Cabernet Franc and Merlot were aged separately in French oak for 14 months. The final blend (60% Merlot, 40% Cab Franc) was bottled unfined and with very minimal filtration.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Classification: VQA

Orientation: N/A

Appellation: Ontario

Gradient: N/A

Soil: N/A

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan