2017 Laundry Vineyard Pinot Noir 6 Pack
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.
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. Tasted March and November 2019.