The Vintage: The 2017 vintage started off with heavy periodic rainfalls in spring and throughout most of the summer months. Luckily, the rainy weather was punctuated by sunny days that allowed the grapes to keep maturing and kept disease pressure under control. Finally, September arrived, and Ontario welcomed steady warm, dry weather. Unseasonably warm, dry conditions continued through October and November, allowing the grapes a welcome break from precipitation and affording time to reach ideal ripeness levels.
Tasting Notes: Rich and complex nose of lychee, rosewater, and ripe apple. The palate continues to impress with redolent poached pear, pineapple, mandarin oranges and starfruit all packed into a full bodied, creamy textured wine with lingering spice on the finish. Exotic, complex, and well balanced!
Technical Notes: Grapes were harvested in late September from a single vineyard in the Lincoln Lakeshore sub appellation in the Niagara Peninsula. Grapes were hand picked and left to cold soak on the skins overnight (approximately 18 hours total) prior to pressing for added spice and complexity. The wine was pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. The wine was filtered and bottled May 2018.
Varietal: 100% Gewürztraminer
Appellation: St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula
Residual Sugar: 10.1g/L