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2020 Bella Terra Meritage

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SILVER, Wine Align Wine Awards (2023).

SILVER, Decanter Wine Awards (2023).

Tasting Notes:

Bella Terra Vineyards’ flagship 2020 Meritage is an elegant wine from a blockbuster vintage that showcases the true potential of Cabernet and Merlot in the Four Mile Creek Sub Appellation, the home of our estate vineyards. 

Carefully selected parcels of our oldest vineyards are the source for this blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon with a small addition of estate grown Malbec. Each varietal is aged individually in predominantly neutral French oak barrels for 20 months to lend the wine structure without overpowering its natural complex nose and palate. Every vintage, before bottling our winemaker searches out only the best barrels to assemble the final blend. Like all of our reserve red wines, our Meritage (a wine term that combines the words “merit” and “heritage”) is made with minimal intervention and bottled unfiltered to preserve its integrity and prolong its aging potential.

On the nose, enticing and captivating notes of plums offer a burst of ripe and juicy fruit aromas. These fruity characteristics are complemented by the presence of spices such as cardamom and white pepper, adding depth and complexity to the overall aromatic profile. As the wine graces the palate, flavours of ripe fruits take centre stage, with black currants, dark plums, and figs dancing on the taste buds. These luscious fruit flavours are intertwined with a touch of spice, creating a harmonious and balanced flavour profile. The wine concludes with an elegant and velvety finish, leaving a lasting impression.  

Food Pairing: A grilled rib-eye steak with a red wine reduction.

Wine Information:

Appellation: Four Mile Creek

Alcohol: 14.9%

Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L

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2020 Bella Terra Meritage
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