2019 Bella Terra Cabernet Appassimento
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The process of making Appassimento wines involves drying the grapes before fermentation, a technique that originated in Italy and has gained popularity in regions like Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Appassimento wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake are truly extravagant, offering a unique and indulgent tasting experience. They are sought after by wine enthusiasts and collectors alike for their ability to age gracefully and develop even more complexity over time. The meticulous process of Appassimento, combined with the region's distinct terroir, contributes to the production of these exceptional wines that showcase the true potential of Niagara-on-the-Lake's winemaking.
Tasting Notes: This Cabernet Appassimento is a captivating wine with a range of complex and enticing characteristics. Its deep garnet colour with a tawny rim invites exploration. On the nose, the wine offers a delightful blend of sun-dried fruit, showcasing aromas such as figs, dates, and prunes. These luscious fruity notes are accompanied by layers of balsamic, cedar, hibiscus, and fresh tobacco, adding depth and intrigue to the aromatic profile. On the palate, this dry wine displays a well-balanced acidity and fresh tannins, presenting a full-bodied nature with a velvety texture and generous alcohol content. The wine continues to impress with flavours of currants, prunes, and strawberry compote, creating a multi-layered and nuanced tasting experience. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression.
Food Pairing: To complement the flavour profile of this Cabernet Appassimento, a perfect food pairing option would be a slow-roasted lamb shank with a red wine reduction. The richness and tenderness of the lamb harmonize beautifully with the wine's bold and layered flavours. The currants and prunes in the wine resonate with the meat, while the cedar adds herbal and woody notes that enhance the pairing. The red wine reduction intensifies the flavours and further complements the wine's character. This pairing creates a symphony of flavours, allowing you to fully appreciate the wine's depth and complexity.
Residual Sugar: 3g/L
Appellation: Four Mile Creek