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:||St. John Vineyard & Emerald Shore Vineyard|
|Aging Method:||Barrel Aged in French Oak for 12 Months|
|Varietal:||Gamay Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard:||Fox and Estate|
|Aging Process:||Stainless Steel|
Cabernet Merlot is one of the world’s most common blends, as it’s the three main varietals compliment one another’s strengths. The blend typically includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon creates the skeletal structure of the wine, Cabernet Franc brings the mid palate, while the Merlot offers elegance by tempering the Cabernet varieties. 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 50% / Cabernet Sauvingon 30% / Merlot 20%|
|Vineyard:||Estate Vineyard, Emerald Shore Vineyard & KEW Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 12 Months|
Merlot is a varietal often displaced by Cabernet Sauvignon. It is amongst the most noble of grape varietals and has unbelievable texture and softness, making it elegant and velvety on the palate. It doesn’t compete with food, but rather enhances the wine drinking experience and a meal simultaneously.
The grapes for our Niagara Peninsula Merlot have been sourced from three different vineyards to enhance the wine’s complexity. The addition of Cabernet Franc provides further structure and tannin.
The nose is subtle up front, but with time to breathe the aromas of black plum, cherry and vanilla shine through. A hint of coffee bean in the background rounds out the nose. The palate is warm and full of ripe cherry, vanilla bean and a touch of smoke. The finish is soft, with velvety tannins.
Merlot is an excellent food companion and often best severed with rare cuts of meat, BBQ or salmon. It also pairs beautifully with pasta dishes, such as pappardelle with lamb ragu. For something unique, try pairing with smoked pork tenderloin.
|Varietal:||Merlot 90% / Cabernet Franc 10%|
|Vineyard:||KEW Vineyard, St. John Vineyard & Emerald Shore Vineyard|
|Aging Process:||Barrel Aged French Oak 12 Months|
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|