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|KEW SOLDIER'S GRANT 2017 VQA Niagara Peninsula
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
|This new limited edition 2017 release is sensational. Ontarioís 2020 #1 award-wining winemaker Philip Dowell has transformed his blend of traditional Bordeaux grapes at KEW into something very special by adding in several tons (20% of the blend) of prime Cabernet Franc grape clusters which were slowly dried for 100 days. The results are astonishing - an unique reflection of what Niagara can do. Very deep intense purple colour, the bouquet is alluring with slightly spicy, ripe, cherry-plum-blueberry fruit along with gentle cedary notes. Itís dry, medium bodied and surprisingly well structured on the palate with bright, intense, still fresh, ripe, plum-cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, rather crisp, very well balanced, slightly cedar finish. This unique new blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc (of which 20% were dried) and 13% Merlot has 14.2% alcohol and 3 g/L residual sugar with a cork closure. Only 1,460 cases produced. It is the best yet - the recommended best buy 2016 (**/**+) was released on May 25, 2019 at $19.95.
||Red Table Wine
Ripe, Intense, Fruity, Well-Balanced
||Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
|TASTING NOTE: This has good weight and a smooth mouthfeel. It's loaded with dark fruit, cassis, blueberry, vanilla, oak spice and herbs. Pair it with grilled steak and garlic mashed potatoes. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2019)
||vintages release - September 19, 2020
||134 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - NOT PRESENTED * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent