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Small Lot Pinot Noir, 2020

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2020 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
Pinot Noir
Critic's Rating 95 pts

The nose senses Bing and black cherry, blueberry and prune, with spicy cinnamon and clove, and floral and earthy notes. The texture is buoyant and smooth. Cherry and blueberry flavours brighten the palate with extra shades of cranberry, vanilla and toasty oak.

All hand-picked at average 22.8° Brix, 85% of the grapes were sourced September 22nd from the Mottiar Vineyard and 15% on September 15th from the Moira Vineyard.

The larger share (80%) of the grapes were crushed, but 20% was retained in whole clusters. These were placed in the fermentation vessels in alternating layers. 40% of the fruit completed primary and malolactic fermentation in concrete tank, 30% in oak tank and 30% in stainless steel. The wine was transferred to neutral (average age 6 years) French oak barrels to age for 8 months. After blending, 499 cases were bottled in July 2021.

At the time of bottling, the wine was measured at 12.5% alcohol, 0 grams per litre residual sugar, 6.7 grams per litre titratable acidity and 3.65 pH.

Vegan friendly. Certified sustainable.

Food Companions: Best served near 14 ° C with lamb burger, crispy mushrooms with creamy white beans and kale, soy glazed tofu and mushrooms, Peking Duck Pancakes or Tandoori Chicken.

Critic's Rating

Aromas abound on the nose of this dazzling 2020 Small Lot Pinot Noir with baking spice, floral notes, vanilla and toasty bits to the fore. It surges over the palate with a gusher of flavours—piquant spice, ripe cherry and Saskatoon berry pie, with a truly delightful line of nerve and verve tang showing up as passionfruit and pie cherry that persist to and through the lingering, lip-smacking good finish and aftertaste. This is medium-bodied with excellent balance and persistent purity of fruit. This is drinking beautifully now and will mature to optimum over the next three or four years. Pour with coq au vin, lamb tagine or tourtière. My highest compliment; it took great discipline to spit, rather than swallow, while tasting.
- Vic Harrradine,
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The 2017 vintage was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package, 2019.


Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


Geographical Indication: VQA Beamsville Bench
Vineyard: Moira and Mottiar Vineyards
Cases Produced: 434


Appearance: Light ruby colour.
Nose: Red plum, tobacco leaf nose with a note of ripe rhubarb and oak.
Palate: Light to medium-body, dry with lifted flavours of cherry and red plum and an engaging floral finish. A touch of tannin on the finish gives structure to the wine.
Quality: Very Good+. 89 points. Drink in 2020, through 2021.


Food Pairing: Alfredo linguini with salmon, sweet potato casserole, turkey meatballs with cranberry sauce, beef and barley stew, and pesto chicken bake with feta and olives.