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:||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.
SHIPPING PROMOTION DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS PRODUCT.
|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.