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KEW SOLDIER'S GRANT 2017 VQA Niagara Peninsula
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer KEW VINEYARDS
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME LCBO STORES ARE SELLING THE 2016 VINTAGE NOT THE 2017. 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. CSPC 367318
Type Red Table Wine
Agent KEW Vin
Country Canada
Region Ontario
Rating ***(90 points)
Ripe, Intense, Fruity, Well-Balanced
LCBO Text Status 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) Price $ 19.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - September 19, 2020
Cases bought 134 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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