Pinot Noir – Senchuk Vineyard

Pinot Noir – Senchuk Vineyard


Vintage 2019


Winemaking Notes:

2019 is the fifth vintage of our flagship Pinot Noir from our estate Senchuk Vineyard, and certainly the richest, and most full-bodied so far. The 2019 growing season started out quite cool but sunny and that continued throughout the growing season into the early fall.  With a slightly late start to the growing season there were concerns prior to harvest regarding brix levels and phenolic ripeness of the grapes.  However, with good vineyard management and a lot of work sorting, the Pinot Noir from Senchuk Vineyard came in beautifully ripe, with amazing mature skins and seeds and the moderate alcohol and relatively high acidity that our site is known for.

Hand-picked and hand-sorted on October 11, the grapes were partly de-stemmed (60% destemmed, 40% whole-cluster), partially crushed and left to soak 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 5 days before being gently pressed. It was then transferred to French oak barrels (33% new, 16% 1-year-old, 51% older) and aged for 18 months.  The 2019 Senchuk Pinot Noir was bottled on August 11, 2021.

Tasting Notes:

When we first planted our vineyard, we dreamed one day of making a wine like this! Incredibly weight, density and structure, yet still solidly medium+ bodied and agile. The cool and steady season was just about perfect for Pinot, creating a depth and balance this wine has never had before.  The number of layers is hard to fathom and keeps unfolding on the nose; first bing cherry, pomegranate, and sugar-beets, then wintergreen, earth and moss followed by tomato-leaf, tobacco, pepper and rose-petal. As the nose opens further herbs like tarragon, sage and oregano appear over dried leaves and damp soil. On the palate, kirsch and mulberry lead, followed quickly by fried oyster-mushrooms, tan-leather, fennel seed, cured-meat and pan-drippings.  Raspberry pokes back in, only to be subsumed by hazelnut-encrusted lamb, bramble and wet stone. On the one hand full-bodied with a core structure and tannin that can easily last a decade, yet with vibrant acidity and incredible nimbleness and balance.  This wine continues to amaze us and shows why we took the chance 11 (?!) years ago to try to make world-class wine on the edge of Niagara in the town of Winona.

Total Production: 150 cases

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Brix at Harvest:  21.8
Alcohol:  13.0%
Acidity:  6.7 g/L
pH:  3.62


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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!

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1 review for Pinot Noir – Senchuk Vineyard

  1. David Edwards

    The 2017 Pinot Noir Senchuk Vineyard is one of the best Canadian Pinot Noir’s I have ever tasted. It reminds me a lot of a Pinot Noir from the Los Carneros region, north of San Pablo Bay, in California. I plan to cellar it for 7 years, and then open it to celebrate my retirement in 2027.

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Pinot Noir – Senchuk Vineyard