origin: Between The Lines Winery, Ontario
status: 2015 Vintage Coming Soon
preoccupation: the insult of illness
It's the spice of life. So, why drink it in all at once?
I was inspired to create a single varietal Petit Verdot by its intense and powerful fruit and was challenged to discover its potential as an elegant wine.
Petit Verdot is usually the spice in the highly coveted red wine blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, traditionally less than 2%. It brings the beautiful color and flavors of blueberry and plum, with powerful tannins and structure that allow it to age beautifully in barrel for one to two years.
It's a very whimsical and sometimes difficult grape to handle, so strong management in the vineyard is essential, one shoot, one cluster is the rule. It's about quality, not quantity.
My wines today - including the 2015 Petit Verdot - are a tribute to my "winemaking brothers" here in Niagara who encouraged me to take the first step in my wine journey. It was produced from grapes grown on their farm and in the heart of Niagara along what locals call "Creek Road", where a micro-climate its terroir allow fruit to ripen in perfect conditions. The result is highly aromatic fruit with rich flavors.