The 2018 growing season started off quickly, with warm weather appearing early in the season. The season stayed warm throughout, with some very hot and humid spells. As the fall came and harvest approached, there were some significant rains that nearly derailed the vintage. However, with good vineyard management and some extra work on the sorting table, the Pinot Noir from Lowrey Vineyard came in beautifully ripe, with fully mature skins and seeds while not pushing alcohol too high, or acidity too low. This is a classic, warmer-vintage Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir!
The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted on September 21st, almost a month earlier than the previous vintage! The grapes were left partially whole cluster (25%) and soaked on skins prior to fermentation. After 3 days, fermentation occurred 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 4 days before being gently pressed. It was then transferred to French oak barrels (33% new, 33% 1-year-old, 33% older) and aged for 15 months. The 2018 Lowrey Pinot Noir was bottled on August 21st, 2020.
A warm, at times hot growing season appears at the forefront of this wine, with big Montmorency cherry, raspberry, mulberry and pomegranate layering lavishly over a sweet-tobacco leaf background. A typical Lowrey nose of intense florality does eventually appear with a lot of air, however the smoked game meat and sausage is quite pronounced with only whispers of herbal aromatics (sweet basil and thyme) peaking out here and there among the roses and cracked pepper. The tannins are more present and rich than typical Lowrey, and the general feeling of weight and substance is unique for this wine. The back-half of the palate really shines, with a long, slow fade toward a very long finish.
Total Production: 73 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.