An interesting fact of Riesling is that it is one of the best wines to age. The question of how long to age the wine depends on the desired style. When Riesling is young, it is fresh and fruity often with notes of citrus fruit and racy acidity. Over time those characteristics can turn into a more complex combination of lemon zest, slate, rubber and even petrol. One style is not superior; it is simply personal preference.
This perfectly aged Riesling has had the advantage of being harvested in a cool year, which left the wine with excellent acidity. It is this acidity that has allowed the wine to age so gracefully. On the nose are mineral characters as well as wet stone, lime zest, white grapefruit, honey and a hint of petrol. The palate is fresh with a nice weight and texture to allow for excellent food pairing opportunities. The finish is quite dry with cleansing acidity in the background.
Pair this Riesling with poultry, delicate fish, Asian inspired cuisine, light cream sauces or even mild curry.
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel|
|Vineyard:||Emerald Shore Vineyard|
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel, Partial Barrel Aging in French Oak|
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel/ French Oak|
Riesling is an Angels Gate favourite and one of our best known varietals. This noble grape is the perfect test of terroir and can act as a calling card for a region’s ability to make world class wine. The Beamsville Bench is an excellent place to cultivate this grape due to the extensive minerality found in the soil and the temperate microclimate, which helps build acidity.
Riesling can be vinified into a variety of styles and our Beamsville Bench Riesling typically sits on the drier, steelier end of the spectrum.
On the nose, this wine is ripe with citrus fruits such as lemon and lime zest. In the background, hints of pink grapefruit round off the bouquet. The palate is quite dry, but very well balanced against its acidity, which provides refreshing finish that lingers on the palate.
Riesling is the perfect food companion because of its refreshing character. It stimulates the appetite, while cleansing the palate, making many dishes more enjoyable and flavourful. We recommend pairing this wine with white fish, poultry, cream sauces and richer dishes.
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|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel|
What is Fume Blanc? Well, Fume Blanc is Sauvignon Blanc with the addition of some oak aging. The key to the perfect Fume is to ensure that the balance between the fruit and the barrel texture is spot on. Acidity is a hallmark of this varietal and by adding in that oak aging the winemaker creates more structure and texture on the palate. This wine fits neatly between Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
On the nose, look for some tree and tropical fruit as well as hints of toast. The palate is outstanding with excellent texture and length making this a complex medium bodied wine.
This wine pairs well with poultry, fish, pork loin, summer salads and stir-fry.
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented, Barrel Aged in French Oak
Muscat is a relatively new varietal to the Angels Gate family. This grape varietal is often classed as one of the aromatic whites sitting next to the likes of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer. But much like Gewurztraminer it has a distinct bouquet that is easily identifiable. Often one would find some of the typical citrus or tree fruit characteristic common with this style of white wine but it is elegantly weaved in with a wonderful floral note. This floral character is usually a dead give away for Muscat.
Our example is a very classic style offering great complexity in a mid weight aromatic superstar. Your taste buds will also be treated to a little more residual sugar as this wine comes in at about 30 g/L.
This wine is not only a great summer sipper but pairs well with a whole host of dishes. Try out a little roasted chicken, pan fried fish, pulled pork or stir-fry.
Sauvignon Blanc is such an interesting grape varietal and can be vinified into several different styles. At Angels Gate, the house style is to maximize on the fruit character of the wine while maintaining that racey acidity. The acidity is a hallmark of this varietal and creates structure and finesse. This wine fits neatly between Unoaked Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
On the nose, look for that lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. One might also find some classic grassy notes or a herbal quality. Enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc with your favourite fish recipe and you won't be disappointed.
To top it all off this wine won a Gold Medal at the 2019 Ontario Wine Awards!
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented|
Gewurztraminer is one of the most full bodied of the aromatic white family. The key to a great Gewurztraminer is patience in the vineyard. If picked too early it loses some of its distinct aroma, but picked too late the crop can be overcome by breakdown. It takes a watchful eye and much berry sampling to pick this varietal at just the right time.
When picked on time, its aroma is so distinct that even a novice wine drinker could identify it in a blind tasting. Our Gewurztraminer is a great example of aromatics, with classic lychee fruit, rose petal and floral character. The palate has an oily texture, combined with a hint of spice and tropical fruit. The finish is considered off-dry, which entails a sense of sweetness followed by a drying sensation.
Gewurztraminer can be a difficult varietal to pair with food. We like to pair this wine with seafood dishes such as Thai red curry mussels or grilled lobster. It also pairs wonderfully with egg based dishes, like a Quiche Lorraine.
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel Fermented|
Our Sussreserve Riesling is an easy drinking and approachable style of Riesling. Despite its approachability, creating the perfect balance in an off-dry Riesling is challenging. Utilizing the Sussreserve winemaking technique is part of what makes this wine so popular. This method calls on the winemaker to add unfermented Riesling juice to the dry finished Riesling prior to bottling. The addition serves three purposes: it gives the wine weight and dimension, it increases the sweetness of the wine naturally and it slightly reduces the alcohol percentage. The amount of juice added varies year to year, depending on the sweetness and acidity of the base wine.
The aromatics of this wine are a true standout. It is fruit forward with notes of pineapple, nectarine, star fruit and lemon zest. The nose follows through on the palate with further tropical fruit characteristics and an additional weight that you don’t find in most Rieslings.
On the finish there is sweetness up front, followed by a lingering citrus zest.
This vintage is enjoyable with poultry dishes such as lemon or herbed chicken. It is also superb with spicy dishes, such as Indian curries.
|Fermentation:||KEW and Hill Vineyard|
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel Fermented|
|Aging Process:||Free run juice, stainless steel fermented and aged.
Pinot Gris is an interesting grape varietal, as it can produce multiple styles of wine ranging from the light and fruity Pinot Grigio to the dry austere Pinot Gris. We have attempted to bridge the gap between said styles by creating a wine that is somewhere between a Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
The core of this wine is our Beamsville Bench fruit. This fruit is always robust and full of character due to the heavy clay loam the vines contend with. We cool ferment and skin soak the berries to achieve colour, while maintaining a solid fruit structure. We then take that fruity wine and age it slowly in mature oak barrels. This aging process develops the mid-palate giving the wine added structure and finesse, without imparting an overwhelming oaky character.
The nose features a bouquet of peach, honey, rose and green tea leaf. Hints of vanilla are also imparted by the French oak used in maturation. The palate is very well balanced in acidity, body, and warmth.
With a weighty mouth feel and fruit forward finish, this Pinot Gris is an excellent food companion. Pair it with your favourite salmon or poultry dish. We also recommend pairing with a wild mushroom risotto or pork tenderloin.
|Vineyard:||Angels Step Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented, Barrel Aged in Mature French Oak.|
The Chardonnay grape is revered the world over as the winemaker’s grape, as it presents the opportunity to leave a stamp of originality. Leaving said mark is equally important in both oaked and unoaked versions of this classic varietal. Our unoaked Chardonnay is meant to be a reflection of local terroir, as we believe that good viticultural practices are a key to crafting great wines.
Without the addition of oak we have allowed for several, specifically selected vineyards show the richness of the Niagara Peninsula. Upon first glance this wine has a soft, golden straw hue. Aromas of pear, green apple and lemon zest dominate the nose. The palate shows bright acidity and a light, clean body. The palate features notes of apple and citrus up front, followed by a slightly peachy finish.
This Chardonnay pairs nicely with cream sauce entrees, poultry, sausage, salmon and whitefish.
|Vineyard:||St. John Vineyard, Estate Vineyard and KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel|
With the passing of autumn brings the return of winter and for Canadians this usually means snow. However, for Canadian winemakers this signifies a new harvest. With temperatures falling below minus 8 degrees, our icewine harvest commences and luscious concentrated icewines are produced from frozen grapes.
Due to its high sugar content icewine can age gracefully for many years. They take on a darker almost amber like hue after a few years but the most exciting part is the development of the mature fruit. The notes change from fresh apricot and peaches to poached pear, baked apple and honey. Vintage icewines almost always taste better and offer far more complexity.
Icewine can be paired with food but you have to be careful to not upset the balance. Try something like blue or soft cheese, fruit tarts or baked fruit.
This wine is packaged in a 500mL bottle!
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel Fermented
What is the definition of Old Vines?
Well, it means different things to different people. The term is not regulated in Canada making it often an over used term. At Angels Gate we look at it in terms of our viticultural history in Niagara. The first commercial wineries to open up after prohibition would be turning about 50 this year. Our old vines have been producing for more than 40 vintages.
The advantage of these old vines are that they have had time to grow a very intricate an deep root structure. This core strength allows these vines to extract the best of the Beamsville Bench. Although the vines produce better fruit they also produce less fruit which keeps production to about 120 cases.
Our Old Vines Chardonnay is produced from grapes hand harvested from a tiny 4 acre vineyard located next to the winery. Upon arriving at the winery, the grapes are hand sorted and whole berry pressed to extract only the finest juice. The juice then goes on to ferment in new and seasoned French oak barrels and is left on its lees for 10 months to add complexity.
This is the only wine in the Angels Gate family to have been produced in all 20 years of our winemaking history.
|Aging Method:||French Oak|