Ottawa, ON

April 2017
Matt’s review: Icellars Estate Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the finest Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon’s I can recall tasting! This boutique winery from Niagara-on-the-Lake produces a very limited amount of wine, including only 150 cases of Cabernet, with every drop benefiting from their exceptional care and attention to detail in crafting some of Canada’s finest wines. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, from their estate vineyard, was left to hang very late in the season, only harvested on November 17 at an impressive 24.5 brix, which contributes to the depth and richness noted in the glass. A deep ruby red colour, with lifted sweet spices, and an impressive medley of dark fruits and refreshing crushed raspberry on the nose. Full bodied, it’s rich and robust balanced with great elegance and finesse. Layers of dark fruits, mocha, and sweet baking spices on the palate. The fine dusty tannins are superbly integrated in this premium Cabernet making it wonderful to enjoy now and with structure to age gracefully over the next decade. Enjoy with charcoal grilled tenderloin with a port reduction. Tasted April 2017. 92-93 points. Matt Steeves –

Buy winery direct on-line, and if you’re ever in the Niagara region this is a must visit boutique winery.

This premium Canadian Cabernet Sauvignon is on my list of wines that I’d strongly recommend for celebrating Canada 150.