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

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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 definitively, hence the loose descriptive brushstrokes. 12.3% alc. Drink now-2024.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson: “Smells like a cinnamon cherry pie! And then something a tiny bit cheesy, but that takes shape as a delicious tang on the nose and palate. Savoury sweetness, like sun-dried tomatoes with Hungarian paprika, mushrooms and chestnuts in red-wine gravy, cranberries and quince and tarragon stems. Tannins that seem to snap around the middle like elastic bands, vigorous but fine. Somehow both delicate and fierce with the energy of a hummingbird. Like rolling tiny ruby gemstones in your mouth and then licking cassia bark. Put all thoughts of burgundy firmly away. This is delicious. (TC). 12.3%. Drink now-2024.” 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 paired with smoked duck breasts or pan-seared salmon.” 92 points 

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