2018 Pinot Noir Dolomite | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 24.95 • 750 ml • 12 bt/cs • Extra Dry
About This Wine
This wine is named after the layers of dolomitic limestone that form the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the benchlands below. Grown along these gentle slopes in our Niagara Escarpment vineyards, this Pinot Noir bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute the delicate aromatics and silky texture that are this wine’s hallmark.
2018 was a warm growing season with low yields and high levels ripeness for all varieties. Pinot Noir produced succulent, well structured wines with medium term ageing 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
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 14
Sugar 21.6º Brix
Titratable Acidity 8.1 g/L
pH 3.42
Yield 2.3 mt/ac (59 hl/ha)
A 21-day maceration and fermentation using 100% indigenous yeasts; barrel ageing for 11 months in 2nd–6th fill, 225L and 500L French oak barrels; the finished wine is unfiltered
Bottling Data
Bottling Date Feb 2020
Alc./Vol 12.5%
Residual Sugar < 2.0 g/l
Titratable Acidity 5.7 g/L
pH 3.69
Production 855 cs
Sensory Profile
The nose is highly perfumed with lifted red berry and black cherry fruit alongside nuances of cedar and spice. The palate is medium bodied with a rounded, juicy attack followed by cranberry and red cherry flavours along with a distinct note of tea in the middle. Fine-grained tannins culminate at this point, tapering down on the finish alongside succulent Damson plum fruit and cedar-spice complexity.
Best consumed 2019 through 2025; will hold through at least 2027; unfiltered, this wine may throw sediment
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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