Given my newly developed love of Meritage wines (this seems to be my thing now) I decided to hunt down a vintage Canadian blend done in this style, and came across the Trius Red 2011, a fantasic blend of 43% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Trius winery itself is found along the Niagara Escarpment, in Ontario Canada.
Before we go on to describe our experience in drinking this wine, let’s first cover what Meritage really means.
Meritage is the name placed on wines, red and even white that are made in Bordeaux (France) style. As the type of wine from France called Bordeaux is a legally binding geographical designation, the label ‘Bordeaux’ cannot be placed on the wines done of the same style, outside of France. As a result of the previous, vintners elsewhere needed to come up with an alternate designation, hence the birth of Meritage. (We’ll do a more extensive cover on the birth of the term ‘Meritage’ in a subsequent post). Though the Trius wine we’re having here does not come with the Meritage label, it does fit the definition, as a red Meritage must be made from a blend of at least two of the following grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, or Carmenère.
On colour, the Trius Red 2011 holds a pristine ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of strawberry, light oak, some spice and cherry are present. On the palate, you are greeted with cherry, blueberry, and a wonderful herbaceous blend.
Though this Trius Red delighted upon our first sip, it continued to transform as it breathed, further softening the tannins and allowing the berry essence to flourish.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $22.95.
We gave this wine a score of 3.75 out of 5.