Ottawa, ON

April 2018

 

Matt’s review: 2016 was the warmest vintage ever recorded in Niagara, which resulted in the grapes at Icellars’ Icel Vineyard being able to hang on the vines until November 17 and be picked at 26.2 brix with full phenolic and flavour ripeness and great acidic structure. Icellars Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of the well structured, fully ripe and refreshing red wines that Ontario is capable of producing. The 2016 Cabernet is a deep ruby red showing black plum, raspberry, mocha, clove, pepper, sous bois, cedar and a touch of graphite on the nose. Dry with generous fine tannins, it appears to have a slightly more linear and fresh profile than 2015, and at 14.7% ABV, it shows the balance the winemaker was able to achieve with such perfectly ripened quality fruit. Plum, spice, and tangy dark berries on the finish. A fine wine to enjoy now and over the next decade. Allow it to open up with a few hour decant and savour it with practically anything you’d like! 250 cases produced. Tasted April 2018. 93 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Available winery direct – $60

CabSauv-2016