About This Wine:
Our Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir originates from a selection of vineyards, concentrating on our own vineyards along the Beamsville and Twenty Mile Benches of the Niagara Escarpment. Here, a combination of elevation, proximity to Lake Ontario’s moderating breezes and stony, clay-limestone soils bring aromatics and structure to the wine. We have supplemented these sites with fruit from the Niagara River appellation, where gravelly, shale-laced clays, along with a slightly warmer, earlier-ripening season contribute rich fruit and soft textures to the blend. In the final cuvée, we think there’s a terrific balance of intensity and finesse that beautifully represents the terroir that we have chosen to work with.
62% Beamsville Bench; 25% Twenty Mile Bench; 10% Lincoln Lakeshore; 3% Niagara River
Beamsville Bench – stony, limestone-rich clay till over sandstone and shale; Niagara River – gravelly clay loam till over red shale; Twenty Mile Bench – stony, limestone-rich clay till over shale and dolomite; Lincoln Lakeshore – clay-loam till overlying red shale
100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Date- Sept. 17
Sugar- 20.8º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.98 g/L
Yield- 3 tonnes/acre (52 hl/ha)
A 14 day maceration was followed by gentle pressing and ageing for 8 months in 10% new and 90% older 225L French oak barrels
Bottling Date- Dec. 2011
Residual Sugar- 4.7 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 6.45 g/L
Production- 2,244 cs. (9L)
On the nose, aromas of clove spice and Maraschino cherries predominate, with hints of tilled earth, cinnamon and clove in behind. The palate is medium in body with a round, juicy feel up front.. A core of velvety tannins enveloped by sweet berry fruit and a light mineral note emerge in the middle. These tannins taper smoothly toward the back, drawing rich fruit and spicy nuances long onto the finish. This is a well-structured, polished Pinot that exhibits terrific balance from start to finish.
roast of chicken or turkey; spicy sausages; braised veal shank or rabbit; pork tenderloin with berry coulis; tomato-based pasta dishes; mushroom risotto
Quite supple and approachable on release, this vintage will be at its best between 2012 and 2014, while retaining the structure and freshness to hold until at least 2016.
Ontario Retail Price:
Winery, LCBO General List
LCBO Item #417642