Pinot Noir – Senchuk Vineyard

Pinot Noir – Senchuk Vineyard


Vintage 2018


Senchuk Vineyard (Lincoln Lakeshore) – 100%
Clone 777 (60%)  Clone 667 (36%)  Clone 115 (9%)

Brix at Harvest:  23.2
Alcohol:  13.4%
Acidity:  7.0 g/L
pH:  3.55

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Winemaking Notes

2018 is the fourth vintage of our flagship Pinot Noir from our estate Senchuk Vineyard, and certainly the richest, and most full-bodied so far. The 2018 growing season stayed warm throughout, with some very hot and humid spells. There were some significant rains in the fall immediately prior to harvest that proved challenging.  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 September 24, 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 (50% new, 20% 1-year-old, 30% older) and aged for 18 months.  The 2018 Senchuk Pinot Noir was bottled on August 21, 2020.

Tasting Notes

The density, body, structure and balance of this wine remain unparalleled. While some of the warmth and richness of the vintage is present, the signature high acidity, and green/leafy/herbal components are still brought forward by our very cool site.  The nose mixes pomegranate, mulberry, candy-cane beets and moss in equal measure, with thyme and anise layering over a background of mushrooms fried in butter. On the palate the wine unfolds even more showing rose-petal, tan-leather, pancetta backed by tobacco, sweet-basil and underbrush. Leaning towards full-bodied with loads of core structure and tannin, it is still quite fresh and vibrant with excellent acidity and tannin that will easily help it last for a decade.  This wine continues to amaze us and shows why we took the chance 10 (?!) years ago to try to make world-class wine on the edge of Niagara in the town of Winona.

Total Production: 135 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


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  • 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.

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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