2020 Small Lot Pinot Noir

93 points, Rick VanSickle, WineInNiagara.com

Winemaker's Notes

The nose senses Bing and black cherry, blueberry and prune, with spicy cinnamon and clove, and floral and earthy notes.  The texture is buoyant and smooth.  Cherry and blueberry flavours brighten the palate with extra shades of cranberry, vanilla and toasty oak.

All hand-picked at average 22.8° Brix, 85% of the grapes were sourced September 22nd from the Mottiar Vineyard and 15% on September 15th from the Moira Vineyard.

The larger share (80%) of the grapes were crushed, but 20% was retained in whole clusters.  These were placed in the fermentation vessels in alternating layers.  40% of the fruit completed primary and malolactic fermentation in concrete tank, 30% in oak tank and 30% in stainless steel.  The wine was transferred to neutral (average age 6 years) French oak barrels to age for 8 months.  After blending, 499 cases were bottled in July 2021.

At the time of bottling, the wine was measured at 12.5% alcohol, 0 grams per litre residual sugar, 6.7 grams per litre titratable acidity and 3.65 pH.

Dry: 0 g/L residual sugar

Enjoy now to 2025.

Vegan friendly.           Certified Sustainable.

                           Ontario Certified Sustainable Winemaking

Food Companions:

Best served near 14 ° C with lamb burger, crispy mushrooms with creamy white beans and kale, soy glazed tofu and mushrooms, Peking Duck Pancakes or Tandoori Chicken.

(93 points) Rick VanSickle — The warm 2020 vintage is on full display here. Such a penetrating nose of ripe cherries, floral notes, bramble, sweet summer raspberries and integrated baking spices. It has lovely texture and energy on the palate with a range of savoury raspberries, dark cherries, crunchy cranberries and lovely spicy/earthy undertones. It’s complex and vibrant with polished tannins and a bright finessed finish. Can cellar, but tasting pretty fine right now.