This was the first time I tried out a Cab Sauvignon from Canada. Yes, I was surprised to see this wine on the shelves of a supermarket in Singapore. The bottle looked “solid” and taller than most other bottles. I had no clue on how this selection would turn out. While I was tempted by certain other “known” wines on the shelves, I was intrigued by the presence of this Pillitteri wine, and decided to make a go for it.
I was not disappointed. This is a dry, medium-bodied red wine. I could clearly decipher notes of plum and stewed prunes on the nose. The wine is spicy with strong hints of oak. I could also see the strong influence of cherries.
I enjoyed the wine very much, though it is not your typical cabernet from down under. It is different and that is the attraction. The Pillitteri wine estate is six decades old and the family originated from the Sicily region of Italy. The wines are cultivated in the Niagara region of Ontario in Canada. Probably this region is not that well known for its wines. Apparently the wines from this region are pretty good.
I was puzzled with the terminology of VQA on the bottle – it read as “VQA Niagara-on-the-lake VQA”. Initially I thought it was the name of the particular brand, but later upon investigation found that VQA stands for “Vintners Quality Assurance”, which is the governing body for all the wines produced in the region. So, there is a lot of focus and governance on the wines that are being produced.
In any case, the Pillitteri Cabernet Sauvignon is a very good wine, worth a try. Please check it out.
31st January 2016