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Bright cherry-coloured wine with nuanced nose with lots of cherry, a gentle minerality and hints of earth and spice. The palate is intense with flavours of cherry, red currant and a long finish.
Winemaker Notes: The 2016 Pinot Noir was sourced exclusively from estate fruit and was blessed with an amazing warm, dry summer. The lack of rain really helped ward off disease pressure and ensured beautiful ripeness to this heartbreak grape. The warm days, paired with cool fall evenings, allowed for slow even maturity throughout the vineyard. Picking over a period of two weeks we were able to capture the bright acidity along with the rich fruit characteristic Pinot Noir is great at showing off. The fruit was hand-picked and hand sorted to ensure only the best clusters made it to the fermenter. The wine was aged in French oak for a period of 10 months, with 20% of the oak being new. As a blend of various blocks throughout the vineyard, the wine is truly an expression of the diversty of Pinot Noir.
Awards & Ratings
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2018, Gold Medal
This was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package.
Geographical Indication: Niagara, Ontario
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Cases Produced: 4,545
Appearance: Bright. Semi-opaque. Light garnet core.
Nose: Medium aromatic intensity. Small berry fruit – cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, mulberry – earth, mushrooms, sage, hint of black pepper. Light coffee hit.
Palate: Medium acid, medium tannin, medium body. Black pepper, sage, earth. A hint of green, vegetal notes. Chicory-enhanced red fruit presentation.
Food Pairing: Mushroom risotto, barbecued ribs with coffee rub, roasted chicken and turkey with rosemary and sage stuffing, grilled salmon, pasta with tomato sauce.
Cool as a cucumber in the mouth. This wine is very good quality and has a surprising level of playfulness and exuberance about it. Flavourful and idiosyncratic, it would also do well with 3-5 years of cellar time.
- Michael Grammer, My Wine Canada wine writer