NEW! Closson Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada 2016

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NEW! Closson Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada 2016

19.95

Our first ever direct import from Canada and what a beauty it is too. It comes from a peninsula on Lake Ontario, which has soils that are, according to their very proud winemaker, Keith Tyers, 450 million years old. We tend to prefer wines from soils that have at least 460 million years of age, so we were a bit apprehensive about this whippersnapper, but you really couldn’t tell.

It’s one of those Pinot Noirs that, if given blind, you might think was from the Old World, thanks to its lightness of touch, but you could equally hit the nail on the head and identify it as a New World Pinot Noir thanks to the ripe succulence of the fruit. But given that most people don’t play these silly parlour games, you’ll just identify it as a really great glass of wine. Textbook Pinot Noir aromas of rosehip, cherry and kola nut float above a palate of delicate, lightly smoky, woody red fruits with more than a hint of Savigny-Les-Beaune about it. Its flavours are prismatic, refracting differently at different times, so they are quite hard to pin down with definitively, hence the loose descriptive brushstrokes.

Press reviews:

Richard Hemming (for Jancis Robinson.com): “Overripe red fruit with that edgy manure sort of flavour that is so delicious yet probably not to everyone's taste – but it is classic for Pinot, and this has loads of it. Juicy, bright and balanced with only moderate length but such a lovely flavour range on the palate – herbs, cherry, cranberry, stems. (RH) 12.3%. Drink now-2025.” 17 points

Vic Harradine: “Lightly hued in the glass, aromas of cherry cola, beetroot and mixed spice abound. It bathes the palate with a fruit-forward, balanced wash of raspberry/rhubarb flavours adorned with ripe sweet red plum, mixed Indian spice and pleasant tang and acidity throughout. It has good mouthfeel, shows finesse and elegance, has persistent purity of fruit, is delicious from twist top to last drop and has great appeal when sipped on its own or poured with smoked duck breasts or pan-seared salmon.” 92 points 

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