The Date and Time: Wednesday November 22, 2017 5:30 - 7PM
The Event: Tasting wines with Fabian Reis, winemaker and viticulturist of Ferox wines.
The Venue: Belsize Drive
The Target Audience: wine writers and bloggers. Event set up by Andre Proulx, President-Elect of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.
The Availability/Catalogue: we tasted three wines. Only the two whites are still available; the red is sold out.
The Quote/Background: www.ferox.ca is an Ontario virtual winery owned and operated by Fabian Reis and his sommelier wife Stephanie. He's a grandson of Herbert Konzelmann (Konzelmann Winery) but makes his wine at Reif Estates, setting up his virtual label. In the past he has made Icewine for Donald Ziraldo. He has 2100 cases now.
The Wines: Currently he has made three wines, but there are others still in tank and barrel (including a single barrel Chardonnay for 36 months, and Icewine). Magnums are also available but for special occasions, and he is setting aside wines for a cellar library collection. In Spring 2018, he plans to release Riesling 2017, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, and Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ferox Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 VQA Niagara $55 [80% merlot] – 75 cases, sold out quickly, very Euro in style, 70% new French oak, first vintage.
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ferox Riesling 2016 VQA Niagara, $38 – off-dry, Kabinett level, long length, needs more bottle age. 25 year old vines. Half put up in acacia barrels for eight months; the other half in stainless, then blended together. 85 cases.
-Ferox Sauvignon Blanc 2016 VQA Four Mile Creek, $46 – fruity style, developing nicely but with a modest finish. Put up in acacia barrels for eight months; the other half in stainless, then blended together.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.