Trail Estate Winery is one of the most exciting new wineries in Prince Edward County. The Sproll family purchased the 14-acre property in 2011 and began producing small lot wines in 2013. In 2015, the Sprolls hired Mackenzie Brisbois as winemaker and grape grower. Mackenzie honed her winemaking and grape growing skills all over the world, but she's particularly familiar with Prince Edward County. Not only did she grow up in the County, but she spent five years working for one of the greats, Norman Hardie. Mackenzie also brings an emphasis on experimentation to Trail Estate. I had the chance to taste through a range of her skin contact whites with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling, and loved what I tasted. Below are a few favourites.
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Gamay Noir 2014 - I'm a big fan of this wine. I love that it's a light, fresh style of Gamay. It's vibrant and tart, with gorgeous perfumed aromatics—fresh herbs, pepper, and crunchy red fruit. It's a blend of grapes from Prince Edward County and Niagara (65% and 35%) and there were only 98 cases produced. ($25.95, 13% alcohol.)
Riesling 2014 - Delicious Riesling with grapefruit and mineral notes, sourced from the Lincoln Lakeshore in Niagara. There's a touch of sweetness that's balanced with bright acidity. ($19.95, 12.9% alcohol.)
Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - Mackenzie has been busy playing around with Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 vintage, including tiny productions of both a wild ferment and a skin contact version. While you wait around for new releases from the 2016 vintage, check out the classic Sauvignon Blanc. It's crisp and refreshing with hints of tropical fruit. ($26, 12.5% alcohol.)
Keep your eyes on new releases from Trail Estate Winery—there are greats things to come.
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Jake Skakun is a writer and sommelier from Vancouver, currently living in Toronto. He can be found most days pulling corks and twisting caps at the Black Hoof. He Tweets and Instagrams @jakeskakun.