"This blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of Niagara’s superior vintages showcasing dense colour and outstanding depth and breadth of flavour. Alluring aromas abound—cedar and dried herbs, ripe berries, plum and cherries, spiced vanilla and toast. Velvety texture caresses the palate with ripe tannin and clean acidity framing tasty cassis, black cherry and raspberry flavours. Notes of cocoa and spiced toast join a touch of pepper adding warmth to the lasting, dry finish of this medium-full bodied, stunning red. Displaying excellent balance and fine craftsmanship, this is an elegant, cellar-worthy wine showcasing premium Niagara fruit and adroit winemaking. Serve with rare prime rib and tuck a few bottles away to enjoy over the next five or so years." ***** (Susan Desjardins)
"This is a blend of cabernet franc (38%), syrah (37%), and cabernet sauvignon (25%). The “chosen few” are the barrels selected for this wine, which is made only in years considered superlative; the preceding vintage that met the test was 2007. Each variety was vinified and aged 18 months before the blend was made, and it was given some further aging. What this process delivers is a richly textured, well-structured wine, with excellent balance and impressive complexity. The fruit-acid balance is right-on, and the tannins are supple, ripe, and nicely integrated now. It’s a real pleasure to drink and although you can hold it through to 2020 and beyond, I would drink it in the next couple of years, before the secondary flavours start to click in." ***** (Rod Phillips)
“Only made in the best years, this, the 2nd vintage of this wine (the first was in 2007), is truly impressive. The final blend of 38% Cabernet Franc, 27% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon was a selection of Fielding’s best barrels and there was no fining or filtering whatsoever. Medium to full body; there is a rich texture and lots of smoke, chocolate, dark cherry cassis, blackberry, black pepper/spice and olive. Great length and structure allow it to age another 7 to 8 years.” ~ 92 pts (Evan Saviolidis)
Awards and Accolades
Gold Medal - 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada
This is our second vintage of Chosen FEW, a worthy follow-up to our introductory Chosen FEW made from the ripe and warm 2007 vintage. It is a wine chosen from our best barrels, made in small quantities only from select vintages. The result is a wine which we believe shows the full potential of making elegant, ageworthy wines in Niagara with great complexity and intensity. The 2012 Chosen FEW Red is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Syrah (37%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%). The wines were vinified and aged independently for eighteen months in a mixture of new and older oak barriques. After aging in barrel for nearly two years the wines were carefully selected using a series of blind tastings, assembled, and bottled without fining or filtration.
VQA Niagara Peninsula
Tasting Notes: Integrated and complex nose, with aromatics of dense fruit, toasted oak, dried fig, sage and black pepper. Concentrated on the palate with ripe tannins and good acidity. Round and nicely textured mouthfeel with a long flavourful finish.
Cellar Potential: Cellar up until 2022.
Release Date: September 1, 2015