2018 Pinot Noir Estate

VQA Beamsville Bench
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About This Wine:
This wine originates from our Cave Spring Vineyard, located on a hillside of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario known as the Beamsville Bench. In this terroir, the combination of limestone-clay soil, elevation and moderating on-shore breezes delivers a classically styled Pinot Noir of purity and finesse that will benefit from ageing. 
 
Origin:
Four individual Pinot Noir blocks at Cave Spring Vineyard, with an average vine age of about 16 years. 
 
Soil:
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock, and range from 4 to 8 m in depth 
 
Composition:
100% Pinot Noir 
 
Harvest Data:
Harvest Date- Sept. 14 - 18
Sugar- 22.2º Brix
Titratable Acidity- 7.8 g/L
pH- 3.36
Yield- 2 tonnes/acre 
 
Vinification:
14-day maceration; fermentation using indigenous yeast strains; barrel aged for 13 months in 2nd through 8th fill, 225L French oak. 
 
Bottling Data:
Bottling Date- March 2020
Alc./Vol. 13%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.4 g/L
pH- 3.74
Production- 275 cs. (9L) 
 
Tasting Notes:
Ruby in colour with warm aromas of nutmeg, clove and allspice over top notes of raspberry, cedar and tea. The palate is medium bodied with firm tannins up front that soften and meld into the wine’s juicy, red currant fruit and silky texture in the middle. The wine finishes round and supple, with persistent flavours of ripe purple plum and bright cherry along with hints of anise and charcoal.  
 
Taste Profile:
Dry (D) 
 
Serving Suggestions:
Roast of fowl (turkey, duck, pheasant), venison or lamb, braised rabbit, ossobuco, mushroom tart, mild soft cheese (Brie, Mont d’Or) 
 
Ageability:
Best consumed 2021 through 2024; should continue to develop until at least 2026; decanting is usggested 
 
Ontario Retail Price:
$39.95 
 
 
Availability:
Winery only
 
Reviews & Accolades:
WINE ALIGN: High quality vintage for this Beamsville Bench pinot noir of luxe concentration, well-developed aromatics that leave nothing behind or take anything for granted. Puts all the pinot cards on the table and gives everything it’s got. Big wine this Estate pinot noir, with Kiwi like tension and deep dark secrets. The secret is to grill something rare, preferably with some fat to render and give this rangy red a home. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted May 2020. 91 points. Michael Godel
 

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