Southbrook Vineyard’s Canadian Framboise would be more than happy to meet a chocolate-based dessert particularly cakes with some raspberry or cherry filling like a Black Forest Cake. I am sure there are some Canadians out there that will be having chocolatey desserts to end the year. Readers outside of Canada may try and find a raspberry fruit “wine” in their jurisdiction. Frambroise means “raspberry” in French. It is also just fine poured over vanilla or chocolate ice cream with a few fresh raspberries tossed in.
As for aromatics it is replete with just picked ripe raspberries tinged with a miniscule bit of milk chocolate. The palate is silky and smooth with just plain old ripe raspberries with a moderately long finish. Not complex but straightforward and delicious. There is enough acidity to keep this wine from being cloying or sickly sweet.
It is organic and vegan.
(Southbrook Canadian Framboise, Southbrook Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 341024, 750 mL, 13.5% RKS 2023 Wine Rating 94/100).