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."