This bottle has been sitting in the cellar for a while, so tonight I opened it. We had grilled pork chops, a braised turnip and leek meli-melo, and fresh cucumber and tomato salad with it.
The wine is a VQA and Meritage Society certified wine. It’s 50/25/25 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and 13% alcohol. The 1998 is no longer available, but the 1999 is priced at $25/bottle.
On opening, it’s very closed. VERY. It has a hot, alcoholic nose, and a bitter, sour cherry taste. After about 30 minutes open, the nose develops into a nicely scented nose. The taste still has a bitterness — like peach pips – but also fruit, leather, tobacco. Long finish, with lots of tannins, and a touch of oak.
It’s a very dry, slightly bitter wine. Would have been better with pepper steaks, or a very rich dinner, I think. It may be a little young, too. I have one more bottle, which I’ll save for a rainy day…
Update: heavily sedimented — lots of oxalic acid crystals in the bottom of the bottle. Had I known in advance, I would have decanted it.