This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

d’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 McLaren Vale, Australia

Solve part of your wine-shopping dilemma this weekend by stocking up with some of this juicy, ready-to-drink Cab from Australia. One of the great things about this weekend’s wine is that you can enjoy it immediately if necessary, or you can put it in the back of your closet or wine cellar for a few years and it will just keep getting better. That’s what we call a wine ‘win-win’.


Tasting Notes:  This full-bodied red is loaded with classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours of cassis, plums, bell peppers, cedar and violets that are focused and intense. The palate is bright, smooth and perfectly balanced with fine tannins and flavourful cassis-like acidity. The finish is long and persistent with more hints of cedar and spice. This is really great value for the money.

Enjoy With:  Grilled red meat (especially lamb), tomato based pasta dishes or sausages.

Style:  Full-bodied and smooth red wine.

Terroir/Region:  The McLaren Vale is one of Australia’s most famous and well-respected wine regions. Some of the oldest vineyards in the country are planted here and their vines produce fruit of outstanding quality and concentration. Because of its proximity to water, the climate in McLaren Vale is cooler than other parts of South Australia. The wines of the region are noted for their balance and elegance.

Producer:  The Osborn family has been growing grapes and making wine at their estate winery in the heart of McLaren Vale since 1912. Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn and his team oversee every aspect of production from vine to bottle and they employ very traditional and labour intensive techniques like foot treading of the grapes and hand pressing in small batches.

Availability: d’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 will be available through Vintages officially on Saturday, but check stores now as some locations have released the wine early.

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Price: $19.95

LCBO#: 943456

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 14.5% alc./vol.