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VQA Niagara Lakeshore
242 days in French oak │ older barrels
A fresh, complex nose of bright red berry, red currant jelly, rain-damp cedar grove with a whiff of dark rye cracker and summer savory.
Vivid red and black berries dominate the attack. Glossy red currant and blackberry pick up the note of savory on the great finish.
Budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season. January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season. June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start. July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines. August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.
"... High-toned and solid, structure in place with more backbone and cru-ness than noted, possibly ever before. Fruit is crunchy and snappy, with liquorice strength and dark current edginess while showing so much torque and elasticity. A nimble gamay this time around through firm, grippy and in charge." - 90 Points, Michael Godel, WineAlign