Rosewood Estate The Looking Glass 2017

Because we are all mad and fall down rabbit holes.
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Primary Notes: Blackberry Raspberry

Secondary Notes: Vanilla

Tertiary Notes:

Body: Medium +

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: Medium

Tannin: Medium

Alcohol (%):

Origin: Ontario, Canada

Maker: Rosewood Estate Winery

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Fermentation: Biodynamic Slight Wood

Awards: >85 pts


Serving Temperature: Bets served between 16–18 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Chinese braised short ribs, Korean style beef brisket,

Western Food Pairing: Veal chops with green peppercorn sauce, filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and sautéed asparagus, Spaghetti Bolognese


Rosewood Estate The Looking Glass 2017

Rosewood Estate The Looking Glass draws inspiration from the fantastical and magical world of Alice in Wonderland. The Looking Glass is Rosewood's orchestration towards a charismatic and approachable left-bank style Bordeaux blend.
The nose opens with ripe red currant and strawberries before weaving together notes of cocoa, dried herbs and fresh earth. The palate possesses a beautiful balance of being delectably dry with a crisp acidity and velvety tannins. Fall down a rabbit hole of succulent raspberry and blackberry flavours with accompanying layers of black plum, vanilla bean and baking spice. Very approachable.

34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. The fruit comes from the Renaceau, Blackjack and Emerald Shore vineyards.
Wild fermentation using non-select yeasts. The wine ages for 15 months in neutral French oak barrels. Bottling without fining or filtering.



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While marketed as a Left Bank-style blend, its foremost component is Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), followed by Merlot (28%), Cabernet Franc (26%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot (4%).  Its 15 months in (mostly neutral) oak do not detract from its brightly transparent profile, based around sweet red rather than darker fruits, vanilla bean and sweet clove spice.  Despite its measured ripeness it is not remotely green aside from Cab Franc’s hallmark herbals, eucalyptus and parsley and grip tape, and its almost dainty approach to these often-bruising grapes carries over to the palate, where its delicate touch results in a most cultured and elegant Meritage.  There is clear skill, in both vineyard and cellar, associated with getting these grapes, picked in this place at this time of their development, to sing this song.