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Hidden Bench Fume Blanc Rosomel Vineyard 2016

Canada, Ontario
93 WA
93 WA
91 JG
Hidden Bench Fume Blanc Rosomel Vineyard 2016

This is a showcase Sauvignon Blanc that has optimal ripeness and no signs of greenness.  Taking on an attractive honeyed note at this stage too.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Hidden Bench Estate Winery
Vintage 2016
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
¥5,060

This is a showcase Sauvignon Blanc that has optimal ripeness and no signs of greenness.  Taking on an attractive honeyed note at this stage too.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Producer Hidden Bench Estate Winery
Vintage 2016
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13%
Product Code A020W00416
UPC 400000688251
Inventory In Stock (48)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Medium straw in colour with an elegant but subtle nose of flint, candied lemon and hints of hazelnut. The palate is rich and weighted, balanced by refreshing acidity and flavours of rich slate and Granny Smith apple. Drinking beautifully now, this wine will reward those who cellar it for the next 3-5 years

Pairing

Enjoy with all sorts of fish including sushi, salads and cream sause based dishes.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025

Press
93WineAlign
David Lawrason.  From old vines in the Rosomel Vineyard this sauvignon blanc - semillon blend was fermented and aged in equal parts of three vessels; small French oak, stainless steel and concrete egg. I am not sure if that has helped create the superb balance of this wine, but the firm yet elegant texture and very complex aromas are quite special. Expect well woven aromas and flavours of sub-tropical fruit, herbs, lime, wood spice and flinty minerality. It's fresh yet rich with excellent length.
93WineAlign
John Szabo, MS. Quite deeply coloured but still tight on the nose, Hidden Bench's barrel-aged sauvignon delivers impressive complexity and depth in the warm 2016 vintage. This is excellent wine to be sure, explosive and complex, with the merest influence from (high quality, mostly old) wood. Length is exceptional. Sumptuous and deep; drink now or hold into the early-mid-twenties without a stretch
91Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
Barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Delicate and textural with grapefruit and pear fruit. There’s a twist of oak here that’s really well integrated, and the palate has some subtle waxiness. Really good balance here.
Production

Appellation

VQA Beamsville Bench

Viticulture

100% organically certified and estate grown Sauvignon Blanc from the Rosomel Vineyard (Certified Organic by Pro-Cert). In 2016 we exposed Sauvignon Blanc bunches at fruit-set to sunlight by removing leaves on the east side of the canopy only, while providing some shade on the west side to protect against sunburn. Green harvest was performed at the start of véraison and we only left the healthiest bunches that were well exposed to sunlight in order to promote ripening, concentration of flavours and the expression of terroir.

  • Harvest Dates: 20th to 30th of September, 2016
  • Brix at harvest: 19.2-21.4
  • Grape source: 100% organically certified and estate grown Sauvignon Blanc from the Rosomel Vineyard
  • Residual Sugar: 3.38 g/L
  • T.A. 6.0g/L
  • Certified Organic by Pro-Cert

Vinification

The grapes were handpicked, hand sorted and gently whole bunch pressed. The juice was then left to settle at 5⁰C for 24 hours prior to racking after which it was warmed up to 16⁰C and transferred to barrel. Fermentation occurred naturally with indigenous yeasts and the barrels were stirred bi-weekly during fermentation to increase mouth feel and creaminess. Aged in oak vessels for 8 months & stainless for 10 months prior to being blended (6% New French Oak, 62% Neutral French Oak & 32% Stainless Steel barrel). The 2016 Fumé Blanc was blended in July 2017 and filtered before bottling.

Producer

Producer Description

About Hidden Bench Estate Winery Owner

Harald Thiel's uncompromising attention to detail has landed Hidden Bench in the Canadian Wine Awards' top 10 every year since the winery opened in 2007 - with Nuit Blanche named Canadian White Wine of the Year. This small, yet modern and sophisticated, estate winery is tucked away on Locust Lane in the Beamsville Bench appellation, essentially hidden by vines. HB's primary focus is to showcase the terroir of the Beamsville Bench through their award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling offerings.

Each and every wine at Hidden Bench is made under strict conditions:

  • Sustainable practices, which means 100% organically certified fruit from only estate vineyards.
  • Individually bunch sorted white wine varietals and bunch sorted and then individual berry sort all of the red wine varietals.
  • Non-interventionist, minimalist winemaking approach with gentle handling of the wine throughout the winemaking process.
  • All wines are made with wild yeast and anything that doesn’t ferment naturally is inoculated and declassified into the winery’s bistro label.

VINICULTURE

All grapes are handpicked from their estate vineyards into 10kg baskets and then carefully sorted at the winery by their “triage team” so as to ensure that only the cleanest and best fruit is used to make their wines. All white wine grapes receive a single “triage” and then are whole punch pressed to assure the gentlest extraction of juice. All red grapes, particularly Pinot Noir, are bunch sorted and destemmed and then receive a secondary individual berry “triage” prior to being placed in their oak and stainless steel fermenters.

The winemaking team benefits from all the latest technology, such as geothermal cooling and heating with precise temperature control installed in all tanks to permit extended natural settling and natural yeast ferments of whites and appropriate pre-natural ferment, cold maceration of the reds.

As estate winegrowers their goal is to have ther wines reflect the unique individual terroir of the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation parcels that they call home. Accordingly, they eschew non-organic additives and commercially selected yeasts and strive to bottle their wines un-fined and unfiltered whenever possible. All wines are bottled with minimal sulphur dioxide (SO2) to preserve their freshness and quality and to permit them to age gracefully. This approach has permitted the vast majority of theri wines to be vegan friendly and to be certified organic by Procert as of 2015/16.

We believe that real “Natural Wine” has its origin in certified organic and/or biodynamic estate fruit and a non-interventionist approach in the cellar with an acute and precise attention to detail from vineyard to bottle.

Jay Johnston - Winemaker

Following an inspiring food and wine trip to Canada’s west coast in 2002, Jay returned to Toronto with one thing in mind: Leave the software industry behind for a life in vines and wines. Since then Jay received his formal wine education through Niagara College’s Viticulture & Winemaking program, graduating in 2005. Jay was a part of the Hidden Bench team previously, and we are thrilled to welcome him back as our winemaker. Passionate about cool-climate varietals, with their finesse and their delicacy, Jay feels back at home to be focused on Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay in the HB estate vineyards. With a deep passion for terroir, a desire to farm our vineyards to their greatest potential and a profound respect for cellarwork, Jay is extremely excited to be returning to the Hidden Bench family. 

 

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