2014 "Super G" Cabernet Sauvignon
Scented of dark fruit, black olive, seared caramel and earthy menthol. Athletic tannins support a rich, round structure worthy of ten or more years of cellaring. Flavours suggest rum cake, blackberry, black coffee, cocoa and spicy clove.
“Super G” is made from hand-harvested cabernet sauvignon, picked October 31st on Rennie Estates’ Heron Pond Vineyard. Sugar ripeness, 22° Brix at harvest, increased to 27.6° as the grapes chamber-dried for 86 days. Gradual fermentation brought alcohol to 16%, leaving 0.5 grams per litre residual sugar.
The wine was racked to two new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and 21 months’ ageing.
The wine was bottled in December 2016 at 5.9 grams per litre titratable acidity and 3.8 pH.
Total production was 49 cases.
Limited supply is available.
"The 'Super G' is the ... the best expression of his site, from the top Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, 100% of the fruit dried for 86 days, picked at 22 Brix and dried to 27.6 Brix (30% weight loss), then tucked away in all new French oak barrels for 22 months and finished at 16% abv. This is Rennie wine, the essence of Rennie.
So, redundant to say it’s big, but it’s BIG; a showy and concentrated nose of black current jam, blackberries, cherries, graphite, earth, tar, bramble and a crazy array of barrel spice notes. It’s so tight right now and needs time, but vigorously swirl that baby and the power reveals itself on the palate with waves of bountiful dark fruits, kirsch and raspberry accents, and a wall of tannins assertive enough to curl your tongue until the next sip. This wine was built for the long haul. The beauty inside is only beginning to show itself; those fine oak spices, the sweet tobacco notes and the mélange of lush fruit. But, let’s face it, this needs time to bring all those moving parts into harmony, at least 5+ years. Then you’ll enjoy a hell of fine wine, inspired by tradition and built from innovation."
93 points,Rick Vansickle, WinesINNiagara.com