Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hillebrand 2008 Trius Red, VQA Niagara Peninsula

Hillebrand is a big and beautiful winery in Ontario. They are well known for their Trius blends, most notably the red.

A couple years ago we took a trip to Niagara and visited the winery. I must claim momentary insanity, because I didn’t pick up a magnum of their awe-inspiring Trius Red. I figured I’d be able to pick it up at many LCBO locations.

Wrong! The wine is so popular that it often sells out. We ended up heading across the border with no Trius.
As luck would have it, we soon travelled back to Ontario for TasteCamp North. This time I took no chances and scored a magnum of the 2008 Trius.

One of the things that appealed to me is the svelte bottle. This isn’t just a clunky container for two bottles-worth of wine – no. The Trius magnum looks like it is ready to take flight, piercing the clouds before dispensing a refreshing rain of grape goodness.

We gave this as a gift to Glorious T and Ace of Bass and they surprised us by popping it open recently.

The 2008 Trius Red is a blend of Merlot (46%), Cabernet Franc (31%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Malbec (3%). The Malbec is a new addition for the 2008 vintage.

Trius displays a refreshing red berry wash that is lush with flavor. The approach is smooth yet rippling with strength underneath the surface. Red fruit flavors mingle with chocolate. The Cab Franc provides a spicy accent note. The wine then decrescendos with a long, enjoyable finish.

Hillebrand first offered Trius in 1989. Within three years it won a wine competition in London recognizing it as the world’s best red. This sells for about $20 Canadian for the 750ml bottle. It certainly overdelivers at that price point.

Highly recommended for quaffing with friends or sharing at a barbeque.
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