Cab Syrah (Shiraz) blends are common, but the addition
of Zinfandel is a California creation. These popular
varietals thrive in Lodi, which tends to grow softer, more
fruit-forward reds. Cab brings its signature blackcurrant
flavours, ample acid and tannin. Zinfandel adds jammy
berries, with Syrah contributing plum and pepper.
Together they make a bold wine with abundant berry
flavours and rich tannin, making it an ideal base for
something a little extra.
STEEPED IN WHISKY OAK*
In a Winexpert first, juice for this limited release was
pre-oaked in-house, steeping for several months with
whisky oak chips specially sourced from Wayne Gretzky
Estates Winery and Distillery. During this 6-month
steep, the juice absorbs flavours and tannin from the
whisky oak, adding roundness to the body, elevating
tannin, and infusing it with nuanced sweet spice, brown
sugar and vanilla character. These whisky-influenced
sweet notes round out a bold wine rich with flavours of
blackcurrant, jammy wildberry and plum, underlaid with
mocha, spice, and smoky toasted notes.
Try aged cheeses, chicken mole, or bison burgers
topped with roasted red pepper and caramelized
onions. A great option for beef brisket, spicy sausage,
or black bean chili.
*About the oak:
Whisky oak is not included. INFUSION is steeped with whisky oak chips prior to being added to the craft winemaking kit, allowing the juice to absorb flavour from the wood over the course of several months, enhancing its profile.
Crushed berry and smoky aromas, full of dark berry flavours, nuanced oak and spice. Rich, fruity and bold with a lingering finish.
This ultra premium Winexpert Private Reserve wine kit comes with crushed grape skins. Including grape skins during fermentation enhances the tannins, body, colour, mouthfeel and aroma, resulting in more pronounced varietal character and wines that are closer to those produced from fresh grapes.