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Tasting Notes: The balanced and moderate temperatures of the 2013 vintage are reflected in this reserve blend. The nose is a complex mix of tropical and citrus fruits with toasty oak. The palate has rich, lush fruit flavours balanced by the grapes natural citrus acidity and framed with creamy oak notes. Drinking well now, this wine will age 2 – 4 years for added complexity.
Food Pairings: Herbed, citrus roast chicken, Oysters Rockefeller, roast cauliflower and cheddar soup, pan seared whitefish.
Winemaker's Production Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested from the Creekside Estate Vineyard on 2 different picking dates from the long row section of the vineyard. Grapes were pressed and later racked to barrel where the wine was fermented at cool temperatures and aged for 10 months on the lees. The final Reserve blend is composed of 8 French oak barrels, 4 new and 4 1—3 year old oak. No malolactic fermentation and bottled September 4th, 2014.
Production: 176 cases
Sugar: 3 g/L (dry)
TA 6.30 g/L
Awards & Ratings
Seven barrels make up the Reserve, ferments new (four) and old (three), leading to a richer, fatter and spicier style. Dreamy really, as matchstick and flint join the fray in a Pouilly-Fumé way. That pierre à fusil is exaggerated by the warmth of 2012, with an elevated tang, rendering the flavours even more akin to Old World, Loire Sauvignon Blanc.
- Michael Godel | WineAlign.com
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2015, Honours Medal
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2016, Bronze Medal
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2016, Silver Medal
- InterVin International Wine Awards 2017, Silver Medal
Geographical Indication: Creek Shores VQA, Ontario, Canada
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Cases Produced: 176
Appearance: Clear, pale intensity, lemon with slight green hue.
Nose: Medium-plus intensity. Lemon, grass, butter, oak, fresh garden herbs, pineapple.
Palate: This wine is dry, with medium acidity, medium-plus intense characters of pineapple, tangerine, lime, brioche, almonds, nutty oak characters, and stony minerality.
Quality: This is very good quality wine that mirrors the style of well-made white Bordeaux. It expertly balances fresh citrus and tropical fruit characters with oak characters from barrel aging. There's also a nice creamy texture from extended lees aging. Drink now to enjoy the freshness, although it will gain more complexities if aged for another 2-3 years.
Food pairings: Roasted cod, steamed shellfish in a white wine and pancetta broth, scallops cooked in butter, garden salad with goat cheese, roasted chicken with tarragon butter.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
There isn't another winery in Niagara as revered for Sauvignon Blanc as Creekside Estate Winery. The signature Sauvignon Blanc is bright and fresh and one of the best values out there. With the 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, the style is more in line with the oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blends from Bordeaux, or the Fumé Blancs from California. The 2013 vintage was one of fluctuation, although a warm September and October made for very good grape quality in most cases. The grapes were barrel fermented at a cool temperature and aged for 10 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new. This is a great wine for those who appreciate the creamy texture and buttery notes of an oak-aged white, but who also like a certain level of freshness in their glass. Save it for a summer afternoon and drink it alongside a meal out on the deck.
- Jake Skakun, @JakeSkakun