Niagara Wine Review: Creekside Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2010

Creekside Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2010

Creekside Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2010

Where:
Niagara Escarpment & Twenty Valley Wine Region (Jordon, Ontario)

What:
Creekside Estate Cabernet Shiraz 2010
Niagara Peninsula VQA
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Shiraz
13.0% alc. (per the bottle)
839 Cases produced

Price:
$16.95 LCBO & Winery Store

Tasting Note:
This red blend presents a dark, lush purple colour in the glass. The wine has rich aromas of blackberry jam, vanilla and white pepper. Flavours of black fruit, dark cherry and spice peek out from behind medium high tannins.

The wine is full bodied with lush fruit smells, and is currently a bit tannic for sipping on it’s own. A couple years of aging will transform this wine into a great sipper. If you want to drink it now, this makes a pleasant accompaniment to food. Try with roast beef and garlic mash.

Other comments:
The shiraz component of this blend can conjure memories of lush Aussie shiraz that’s full of bold fruit flavours. Niagara, however, is a cool climate wine region that sees different growing conditions than the baking, dry heat of Australia. Our shiraz is going to have its own unique flavour profile brought on by weather, humidity and soil. Our shiraz might seem comparatively lean and subtle at first sip. I wonder whether terminology can bias our expectations of a wine before we even try it. Canadian wineries often choose to call their wines ‘syrah’ instead of ‘shiraz’. These are essentially the same grape – syrah being the name preferred by French wineries, and shiraz by Australian wineries. By using the syrah label, wineries can convey to consumers that the wine is more apt to taste like a French, cool climate syrah rather than a fruit bomb Australian shiraz.

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