A Bordeaux-style blend reserved for superior vintages worthy of its creation. A wine full of dimension due to the blending of Bordeaux’s classic cultivars (Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon). The nose has great spicy aromas of black pepper, chocolate plus cinnamon and nutmeg complimented by ripe berry characters of blueberry and black fruits. The elegant cedar and vanilla characters are laced throughout the nose as evidence of careful oak management. The full-bodied palate presents gripping tannins in high concentration with a punch of black fruit characters such as blueberry, black cherry and black currants. Spices, tobacco and leather are also full on the palate. The dimensions continue into the extensive finish evolving into various tones of berries (especially blueberry), chocolate, spice and cedar.
Grapes: 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Trivalente is a wine produced only in the very best vintage years at Pillitteri. Each of the varieties of grapes used in this wine originated from Niagara-on-the-Lake solely. Harvest dates varied dependent upon the physiological ripeness of each variety as did the Brix content. Regardless, the maturity of the grapes was ideal, the colour development was excellent and the flavour profile was complex, all typical characteristics of a fantastic vintage year.
Each wine component of the blend was fermented separately receiving between 21 to 31 days of skin contact while pumped over twice daily throughout the ferment and 100% malo-lactic in stainless typically even while still on skins. The wine aged for 30 months in predominately new oak with a blend of ~50% French and ~50% American barriques. Prior to bottling, the Bordeaux-style blend was determined based on palate structure with emphasis on the synergy between the three varietals, tannin structure and overall intensity. The wine will further develop in the bottle for at least 10 to 15 years with added longevity for those in larger bottle formats.