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.|
Our Mountainview series of wines are a dedication to place, as great terroir is a key ingredient in winemaking. Our location on the Beamsville Bench is a place like no other, with history millions of years in the making. Once the shoreline of Lake Ontario, this region is abound with minerals and heavy soils. The heavy clay forces the vines to work harder and dig deeper for food and water, at times pushing to more than 30 feet deep. With such deep rootstocks, these vines typically produce better fruit.
All of our Mountainview wines are limited in production and vinified using the best fruit of a given vintage.
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|
Our Old Vines Chardonnay is produced from grapes that are estate grown and hand harvested from 40 year old vines. 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.
|Vineyard:||Emerald Shore Vineyard|
|Aging Method:||Stainless Steel, Partial Barrel Aging in French Oak|