bottle of merlot



Vintage 2017


Hinterbrook Vineyard (Niagara Lakeshore VQA)
100% Merlot
Brix at Harvest: 24.5
Alcohol: 13.7%
Acidity: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.65
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Winemaking Notes

Hand-picked and hand-sorted, the grapes were harvested on November 4. They were destemmed, crushed and left to soak on skins for 8 days prior to fermentation. The fermentation started spontaneously in small open-top fermenters. During fermentation, the skins were punched-down by hand 2 times per day. Once fermentation was finished, the wine remained on skins for 5 days before being gently pressed. It was then transferred to (80%) French and (20%) American oak barrels (50% new, 50% 4+ year-old) and aged for 20 months. The 2017 Merlot was bottled on September 19, 2019.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 vintage was very strange, with cold and rainy weather until late-August. Then the clouds parted and the sun began shining, allowing us to hang grapes and ripen them fully late into the season. As a result the intensity and concentration on this wine is unparalleled with strawberry, blackcurrant, mullberry and blackberry aromas exploding from the glass. The lifted palate frames intense flavours of blueberry, plum, cocoa and coffee backed up by savoury tobacco leaf, anise and oregano notes. Exceptional weight and substance combine with powerful yet soft tannins creating a wonderful texture that brings you to an unbelievable, lingering finish.

Total Production: 200 cases


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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