2017 Cabernet Merlot VQA $15.95
This is the chez-Hawkett house wine. This is a robust blend of these classic varietals with a balance of acidity and fruit to enable it to be good with food or without wine. As the wine maker is an Australian in Canada, this wine has both French and Auzzi characteristics, which I love. Not a fruit bomb!
When the wine is freshly opened it shows aromas of cherry, fig and cedar. Once it has had time to breath, it demonstrates characters of red currant, blackberry, earth and cigar box, followed by subtle undertones of stewed fruits, mulling spices and green peppercorn. The palate is warm with good structure, yet not overwhelming in tannins, followed by a dry finish.
Cabernet Merlot is best served with fine cuts of meat or full flavoured fish. It may also be paired with rich pasta dishes and aged cheeses.