Our Mountainview Cabernet Franc is a blockbuster. The nose is jammed with currents, black berry, dark cherry and a hint of smoke. The oak treatment includes more than 14 months in French oak as well as the addition of appassimento fruit to increase the mouth-feel. This wine is rich and complex making it perfect for the cellar.
We enjoy pairing this Cabernet Franc with red meat, game or other full flavour dishes.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
Bin 95, a limited edition wine, was hand selected for quality fruit. Made in the appassimento-style, the grapes were dried for 80 days before crushing and fermentation. Three weeks after fermentation, the wine was drained from the skins and current vintage wine was added to the skins for further maturation and extraction. This wine is a blend of these two components which enhances the fruit characteristics and produces a wine of exceptional body and complexity. 65% Cabernet Franc Appassimento and 35% Shiraz. Matured for 24 month in 600L barrels.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc, Shiraz|
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 24 months|
Our Mountainview Merlot has an intense nose of cherry, raspberry, and black plum. The oak treatment is subtle giving the terroir the opportunity to express itself while the addition of appassimento Merlot only adds to the characteristic to the wine.
We enjoy pairing this Merlot with mushroom dishes, red meat, pork loin or wood oven pizza.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
Our Mountainview Pinot Noir has a complex nose with notes of cherry, raspberry, nutmeg and licorice. The oak treatment is subtle giving the terroir the opportunity to express itself, yet adds a spice and toasty characteristic to the wine. This is a Pinot Noir that can be savoured and enjoyed over the course of an evening.
We enjoy pairing this Pinot Noir with pan seared Muscovy Duck breast and duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes. It also pairs beautifully with a baked brie.
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 14 months|
Syrah is such an interesting varietal and fairly scarce in Niagara. Our sole source of estate Syrah is a single block in the north west corner of our KEW Vineyard. As far as the taste profile goes it sits somewhere between Pinot Noir and Merlot. The nose is a complex combination of plum, spice, leather and some black cherry. The oak treatment includes more than 14 months in French oak giving the palate a spice and toasty note that makes this wine memorable.
We enjoy pairing this wine with duck breast, lamb, pork or BBQ.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|
This is the first vintage of this single vineyard designated wine. The Angels Step vineyard is an immaculate vineyard on the west side of the Beamsville Bench. Its 25 acres are sloped at a gradual step down that perfectly highlights everything that the bench is known for: slope, elevation, rich soil, excellent drainage and airflow.
This Pinot Noir is a very gentle but complex expression of the grape varietal. On the nose it has lots of cherry, earth, cedar and a bit of spice. The palate is medium to full with lots of raspberry and cherry. The acidity is really special giving this wine a refreshing note which would make it perfect for food.
The vinification includes more than 14 months in French oak barrels which offers excellent texture and softer tannins to the palate.
Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends. It is typically a blend of one or both of the Cabernet grapes as well as Merlot. In our example we are using Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Cabernet creates the skeletal structure of the wine, while the Merlot offers elegance. From a winemaker perspective this type of blend is exciting to make, as it is often done solely by nose. Each varietal is monitored and tasted regularly, to allow the fruit to express itself. When the individual wines are close to maturity the winemaker begins selection of specific barrels and proportions for the blend based on the final style of wine that is required. This process takes several months to complete.
The final wine is truly a robust blend of these classic varietals. When the wine is freshly opened it shows aromas of cherry, fig and cedar. Once it has had time to breath, it demonstrates characters of red currant, blackberry, earth and cigar box, followed by subtle undertones of stewed fruits, mulling spices and green peppercorn. The palate is warm with good structure, yet not overwhelming in tannins, followed by a dry finish.
Cabernet Merlot is best served with fine cuts of meat or full flavoured fish. It may also be paired with rich pasta dishes and aged cheeses.
|Varietal:||Cabernet Franc 60% / Merlot 40%|
|Vineyard:||Estate Vineyard, KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 16 Months|
What is a GSM? Well, it could be a few different blends if you are in the wine know. Our example is an elegant blend of Gamay, Syrah and Merlot.
The unique combination of these three varietals brings something really special to the party. The Gamay provides a soft, refreshing and fresh red berry note. The Syrah brings structure to the palate as well as a bit of smoke and spice while the Merlot does what Merlot does best and provides a soft and velvety finish.
The GSM is part of our limited addition wines with a production of just 200 cases.
Best paired with grilled meats, light fish or pasta dishes.
|Varietal:||Gamay 66%, Syrah 23%, Merlot 11%
|Aging Method:||Barrel aged in French oak for 18 months|
|Aging Process:||Free run juice, stainless steel fermented and aged.
Everyone loves an underdog and Gamay, although a classic varietal, always seems to walk in the shadow of Pinot Noir. However, Gamay Noir typically offers enhanced acidity and a more fruit forward palate than the average Pinot Noir.
We treat our Gamay with as much respect as our Pinot Noir. The vines are meticulously maintained ensuring that we get a balanced crop abound with ripe fruit. As Gamay Noir is a delicate style of wine, we allow it to sit on the skins for two weeks. This helps derive colour and complexity. The wine is then barrel aged in both small and large French oak barrels to soften and mature the wine.
On the nose this wine is full of red plum, raspberry, blackberry and a hint of smoked meat. The palate is refreshing, with dominate red berry notes. With its natural acidity, Gamay Noir is a wine that resets the palate with each sip.
One of the best things about Gamay Noir is its versatility. When slightly chilled the fruit steps forward even more, while the acidity drops further into the background. This keeps the wine refreshing and is perfect for those that typically drink white wine.Gamay Noir is a real treat when served alongside grilled meats, stuffed peppers or light gravies. It is also fabulous paired with spicy chicken wings.
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged in French Oak for 10 Months|
Pinot Noir is a difficult grape to grow, as it requires much maintenance and care throughout the growing season. Winemakers the world over struggle with this varietal, but when done well it is amongst the richest and most complex wines the world over. A number of our vintages of Pinot Noir are award winners, making us a premium producer. Our select vineyard locations are also some of the oldest and most fertile in the region.
This Pinot Noir has been harvested from very low yielding vines, in order to enhance the elegant nature of the grape. The berries are sorted and whole pressed very gently. We then use a combination of new and mature oak to round out the palate and add additional structure. The nose is full of cherry, raspberry, earth tones and toasty oak. The mouth feel is complex and warm, with good texture. The tannins are silky and soft, making this an approachable wine in its youth.Pinot Noir is a varietal that pairs well with food because it is not overstated. Meats such as game or rare cuts are perfect for the soft texture of this wine, though it also pairs beautifully with fish or light pasta dishes.
|Vineyard:||KEW & Angels Step Vineyard|
|Aging Method:||Barrel Aged in French Oak for 12 Months|