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Pre Release 2020 Pinot Noir Grimsby Hillside

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A big and ripe year that is still balanced, 2020 is the unicorn vintage! The density, intense body and structure of this wine are stunning. The warmth and richness of the vintage is present, however the acidity, and earthy components are still brought forward by the cool site.

Nose: The nose is intense, going back and forth between fruit and non-fruit, first showing black cherry and moss, then raspberry and candy-cane beets; baking spices quickly meet tomato-leaf and tobacco, with light dark-chocolate in the background.

Palate:The palate unfolds slowly revealing cherry-kirsch, blackberry, wild-mushroom and beet root, backed by oregano, sweet-basil, smoked-sausage and bramble.

Finish: Leaning towards full-bodied with loads of core structure & tannin, it is full and vibrant with excellent acidity and tannin that will easily help it last for 8-10 years.

A moderate spring was followed by a warm, sunny and dry growing season with just enough moisture to keep vines happy. Temperatures cooled just at the right time, heading into harvest allowing us to hang fruit and achieve full phenolic ripeness without losing acidity or freshness. Hand-picked and hand-sorted on October 1st, the grapes were partly de-stemmed (75% destemmed, 25% 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 (25% new, 25% 1-year-old, 50% older) and aged for 15 months

Vintage: 2020

Vineyard: Grimsby HillsideVineyard

Varietal:Pinot Noir

Appellation: Niagara Peninsula

Sub-Appellation: Lincoln Lakeshore

Total Production: 95 cases - order now!

Average Brix at Harvest: 22.6

Acidity: 6.1 g/L

pH: 3.63

Alcohol: 13.5%

Residual Sugar: 2g/L

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