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Petit Verdot 2013


2013 ~ 750ml
14.4% alc./vol.

Tasting Notes

This wine has an extremely deep, dark ruby color indicating what is to come on the nose and palate.  On the nose, layers of concentrated dark fruit, black fig, cigar tobacco, and subtle floral notes with a hint of minty eucalyptus. The palate flows with huge flavours of blackberry, black cherry, oak spice, and leather notes which transition through to a long, lingering finish that will keep you coming back for more.  The concentrated flavours of this wine are in perfect harmony with the wine’s bold, smooth, rich tannins.

Winemaking Notes

Petit Verdot 86%, Cabernet Franc 14%

The 2013 vintage, while not as hot as 2012, saw warmer than average temperatures which allowed for a slow, even ripening of fruit. This vintage created wines of complex fruit and elegant tannin structure and acidity. Made from 100% estate grown fruit, the grapes were hand sorted and gently pressed, then individually fermented and aged in a blend of American and French oak barrels before final blending. With 14% of the juice coming from grapes which were then dried in the traditional appassimento method for 125 days.

Wine and Food Pairing

This wine is suggested with grilled lamb, braised beef and roasts, veal, venison, filet mignon, zesty red sauces, dark chocolate and various cheeses. Enjoy now from a decanter or let mature in a dark cool resting place for 5-10 years.

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Shipping: Foreign Affair Winery ships Canada-wide using Canada Post. For deliveries outside of Ontario during periods of extreme temperatures we may delay shipping the wine to ensure your wine arrives in perfect condition. We will contact you if your order will be affected. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship wine outside of Canada.

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Product Description

Past Reviews:

Foreign Affair Petit Verdot 2012 ($50, winery, 92 points) — With Merlot suffering deeply from Ontario’s deep freeze the past two winters, many wineries are now looking at Petit Verdot as a possible single variety that could fill the gap. Viewed as a nice blender for Bordeaux-style reds, it has in recent years been showing up around the world all by its lonesome. Foreign Affair dries 15% of the grapes and ages the wine for 18 months in French oak. This is only the second time PV has been made as a single variety at Foreign Affair, the first being the 2010 vintage. It’s a pretty wine with a complex and floral nose of currants, cassis, raspberry bush and baking spices. It shows a voluptuous array of currants, cherry and cassis fruit on the palate with touches of licorice and rich spice notes. A good beam of acidity carries this wine nicely through a long finish. Consider this for long-term cellaring, 5-10 years.

Rick Vansickle, Wines in Niagara, March 18, 2015

Rated 90 Points by Evan Saviolidis:

Fifteen percent of the grapes for this wine were dried à la Amarone. Full bodied, this 14.5% beauty doles out raspberry, cassis, dark cherry, violets, spice, cocoa and earth. The mid-palate shows a sweet/jammy texture before the ripe tannins sweep everything up. It should age well over the next decade. Braised lamb shanks or beef ribs were made for this wine.

March 2015

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Additional Information

Weight 1.6 kg
Dimensions 49 x 10 x 7.75 cm