Cuvée Winona

Cuvée Winona


Vintage 2020

Winemaking Notes

The grapes were handpicked on October 14th (Merlot) and 31st (Cabernet Franc from two vineyards) . Each portion of the wine was vinified and aged separately.  They were hand sorted, destemmed and placed into stainless steel open top tank (Merlot) and into a concrete tank (Cabernet Franc together) for fermentation. After a 5-day cold soak the grapes began fermentation and underwent pump-overs twice a day for 4 weeks.  After 5 weeks total on skins, each wine was gently pressed and racked into oak barrels (15% new) for aging where it remained for 12 months.  It was blended when racked out of barrel, allowed to settle and bottle unfined and unfiltered at the end of May, 2022.

Tasting Notes

This blended wine always over-delivers massively for the price. Blackberry, cassis, raspberry and mulberry instantly appear on the nose, with lilac, cracked white pepper, licorice and pancetta following closely behind.  On the palate, the warmth and weight of the 2020 vintage is immediately evident, with a very broad and weighty mid-palate featuring plum, wild-blueberry, and strawberry layered over dark-chocolate and graphite with wisps of herbs-de-Provence and black olive fading in and out. The powerful but soft tannins make it satisfying to drink now with a good decant, but it will certainly age well over the next 5-8 years. Great with burgers, cured meat, and hard cheese.

Total Production: 620 cases

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Blend: 61% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc

Average Brix at Harvest:   23.1

Alcohol:   14.0%

Acidity:   6.1 g/L

pH:   3.63


When it comes to shipping, our goal is to find the fastest and most reliable shipping option available to us. During the Covid pandemic, we have made significant changes with our delivery partners to serve you better.

For Toronto deliveries we primarily use Fil Delivery. They have been tremendous and we have had glowing reviews from customers. They update you on the expected delivery time throughout the day to ensure satisfaction. Deliveries leave the winery Mondays and Thursdays for delivery Tuesdays and Fridays.

For deliveries to Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara, winery staff often deliver same day or next. We aim to please as often as possible!

ICS is also used for Major Centers other than Toronto and local. Their delivery times are typically next day from pick up at the winery on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Out of province and small-town Ontario deliveries are packaged appropriately with slow-release heat packs in winter reduce breakage and freezing through CanPar. We review shipping daily to identify issues before they arise. We do our best to help communicate any issues in advance to get the wine to you as quickly as possible.

We offer free shipping to anywhere in Ontario with purchase of 6 bottles or more. Purchases of less than 6 bottles can be accommodated for $10 flat rate. Please call the winery to arrange.

Out or province rates are as follows:

Quebec: $10 flat rate

All other provinces: $25 flat rate


We believe in simplicity, so our refund policy is simple and to the point.

  • If you’d like to return an unopened bottle of wine, we’ll gladly do so for you. No questions asked.
  • If there is a problem with the wines (either a fault or it is not to your liking - which happens very irregularly), we happily provide a credit for the full amount on another bottle at the winery. For delivered wine, we issue a credit to be applied to your next purchase.
  • Our goal is to make you happy and if there is anything that we can do to maximize your enjoyment of a Leaning Post Wine... we will do it.


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Cuvée Winona