2020 Pinot Noir Dolomite | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 27.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
The name ‘Dolomite’ refers to the type of limestone that forms the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the hillsides below. Grown along these gentle slopes in our Beamsville Bench vineyard, this Pinot Noir bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of our site contribute to the delicate aromatics and silky texture that are the wine’s signature.
2020 was a warm, dry vintage with low-to-moderate yields and highly concentrated fruit. Pinot Noir ripened within the normal window, producing firm, weighty wines with long-term cellar potential.
Varieties100% Pinot Noir
Estate Grown 100%
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Creek Shores Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale and sandstone mixed with limestone
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 16–24
Sugar 22.6º Brix
Titratable Acidity 7.6 g/L
pH 3.39
Yield 2.2 mt/ac (41 hl/ha)
A 6 week maceration and fermentation using exclusively indigenous yeasts; aged for 12 months in neutral 225L and 500L French oak; minimal sulphite additions; the finished wine is unfiltered
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Mar 2022
Alc./Vol 13.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 6.2 g/L
pH 3.57
Production 1,175 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Brilliant burgundy. Nose Aromas of Damsom plum, black cherry, raspberry, tar and black licorice, with nuances of pencil shavings .and pine needles. Palate Medium in body with macerating black cherry, smoke and blacktop up front; the mid-palate shows black raspberry and strawberry compote melded with robust, granular tannins and hints of forest floor and cedar plank; the tannins attenuate, driving delicate notes of cranberry, grilled red pepper and sage into a long, vibrant finish.
Best consumed 2023–28; will develop and hold through at least 2030; unfiltered at bottling – decanting suggested
Food Pairings
Coq au vin, roasted pork loin, braised pork belly with choucroute, braised rabbit, seared duck breast, osso buco, mushroom risotto
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