The 2017 vintage started off heavy periodic rainfalls in spring 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 very good ripeness levels.
Complex nose of raspberry, beetroot, dried cherries, and a hint of lavender accompanied by cedar, vanilla and oak spice. The palate is both savoury and silky with flavours of dried cranberry and cherry, red licorice, clove and savoury spicy oak. This wine has a wonderfully elegant structure, with soft tannin and delicate acidity on the finish. Lovely to drink now, but this wine was also built to age, prime drinking between 2020 – 2026.
100% Pinot Noir, hand harvested from a single vineyard in the cooler Vinemount Ridge sub-appellation in Niagara. The grapes had great ripeness at an average of over 21° brix. The grape bunches came into the winery and were gently crushed and fermented in small one-tonne bins on the skins over approximately 18 days. The fermented wine was then pressed and racked and put into 70% French and 30% American oak barrels (25% were new wood with the rest being neutral oak). The wine then underwent 100% malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was left to develop in oak for 20 months. The wine was then racked out of barrel, blended and bottled March 2019.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Lincoln Lakeshore
Residual Sugar: 3.4 g/L