2017 Laundry Vineyard Pinot Noir
Hand harvest from Heather Laundry’s Lincoln Lakshore vineyard in Beamsville. After sorting, 50-60% whole clusters were put into the bottom of the oak vat, then stemmed grapes were gravity fed on top of the clusters. Wild yeast and malolactic fermented the juice as gravity squeezed open the berries. After pressing and settling, this wine was aged in French Oak barrels – 12% new wood for 8 months.
Known for luscious red fruit and subtle earthiness, Niagara Pinot is an excellent conveyer of our fascinating local terroir. This Pinot Noir starts life at esteemed Niagara grower Heather Laundry’s Lincoln Lakeshore vineyard, which is fully Certified Organic. Warm days and cool nights, accompanied by the drying winds of adjacent Lake Ontario, produce a Pinot full of delicious red fruit and refreshing acidityRuby red appearance with ripe raspberries and plums on the nose that are accompanied by complex earthiness and lightly toasted oak on the palate.
Jamie Goode - 93 points
"60% whole cluster. Lighter in colour with fresh, supple raspberry and cherry fruit. Has some rhubarb and sour cherry character. Very supple and quite elegant, with nice brightness."
Michael Godel - 92 Points - Wine Align
"The whole cluster content is 60-70 per cent, really at the peak of style for Niagara wines and yet the nose is more giving and florally generous than you might anticipate. The fruit from Heather Laundry’s farm is full of grace and charm for ’17, in phenolic accord with all the other parts. Sweet palate presence confirms the movement and the results for this way of making pinot noir. Very youthful, with savoury stickiness and pulsating on the palate. Some chewy texture is a good foil and the length is granted. A top example that shows when your seeds and stems turn brown you can take the risk and add major complexity to your pinot noir. Drink 2020-2025"