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Red Rooster Winery Rare Bird Meritage

Rare Bird Meritage


Cellar Door Price $35.00

Cabernet Sauvignon 39.0%
Cabernet Franc 33.0%
Merlot 20.0%
Malbec 7.0%
Petit Verdot 1.0%
Alcohol 13.6%
Acidity Tartaric 5.5
Residual Sugar (G/L) 2.9

Growing Conditions

The grapes are hand-picked from select vineyards and blocks which exhibit the potential to go into our top wines. The individual lots are fermented in open top fermenters, hand-punched daily to break the surface cap, and undergo malolactic fermentation and aging in newer French and American oak barrels. The individual varietals are oak aged separately for 10 months, then the final assemblage (39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot) is blended from the best barrels identified by our winemaker, Karen Gillis. The Meritage Reserve is then put back into barrel for a further 4 months before bottling to allow the wines to integrate.

Nose

This Rooster is the ‘King of the Flock’ with its beautiful bouquet of black currant and blackberry standing perfectly alongside notes of smoke, leather, vanilla extract, oak, tobacco and forest floor.

Palate

This full-bodied wine has firm drying tannins and perfect poise, plus wonderful flavours of black currant, blackberry, spice and earth. The lingering finish shows notes of black tea, cocoa, Chai spice, and oak.

Food Pairing

Excellent with wild game meats; rich reductions on roasted red meats; rich bean stews; beef short ribs; 4 year old Canadian cheddar.


A Selection of Other Cabernet Sauvignon's from British Columbia


A Selection of Other Cabernet Sauvignon's from Canada