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Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir 2017

Canada, Ontario
92 WA
93 WA
Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir 2017

One of two premium single vineyard Pinot Noirs from one of Canada's top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers.  Discover why Prince Edward County is a new favourite of Burgundy wine lovers!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥5,830

One of two premium single vineyard Pinot Noirs from one of Canada's top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers.  Discover why Prince Edward County is a new favourite of Burgundy wine lovers!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A010R00217
UPC 180756000865
Inventory Very Low Stock (7)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Fruits varying from red to almost black burst from the glass. Dried herbs and earth tones are followed by spices, cherry pie and floral notes. Bacon fat, flowers and red fruit pop in the mouth while tight tannins, matching acidity and barrel tones round it out. Finish is long and persistent, accented by sweet barrel notes and great complexity. Pairing suggestion Marinated flank steak, lamb shanks, or beef bourguignon

Pairing

Marinated flank steak, lamb shanks, or beef bourguignon

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025

Press
92WineAlign
92 points, John Szabo, MS A slightly darker and more swarthy-earthy expression of pinot noir, relative to the CCV vineyard pinot from Closson Chase, and also more tightly wound and edgy for now. Tannins are fine grained but abundant, and could use another couple of years of bottle ageing to refine further, abetted by strong acids. Structure is impressive overall, though acts as a shell around the compact core of ripe-tart red and black cherry fruit. It’s less immediately charming in other words, more old world you could say, but should emerge from its cocoon after 2021-2022 and prove to be the superior bottling. A very good representation in any case. Tasted November 2019.
93WineAlign
93 points, David Lawrason This takes all the complexity and balance of the regular Closson Chase 2017 Vineyard Pinot, and amps up the flavour intensity. Nicely lifted indeed with red and black currant, raspberry, herbal and slightly meaty notes that remind me stylistically of Cote de Nuits Bourgogne. Oak is more in the background. It is light to mid-weight, quite firm almost rigid and brittle on the palate, with some youthful tannin, but the flavours power through to excellent to outstanding length. It has a lovely outdoorsy Ontario country roads kind of ambiance. I would age it this two years.
Production

Appellation

VQA Prince Edward County

Viticulture

- Vineyard: 100% Churchside
- Harvest: September 29 – October 3
- Yield: 2.1 tonnes/acre
- Brix: 22
- pH: 3.30
- Residual Sugar: >3 g/l
- Method: Hand harvested
- Alcohol Level: 12.5 %
- Production: Less than 400 cases
- Fermentation: 100% large oak fermenter
- Barrel Treatment: 20% new French Oak, 18 months
- Bottling Date: May 3, 2019

Vinification

All our vines are shoot, leaf and cluster thinned to optimize crop load and sunlight penetration throughout the canopy. Barrel Treatment: 20% new French Oak, 18 months

Production Amount

4800
Producer

Producer Description

Closson Chase is a quality-driven producer that has helped spearhead the birth of the Prince Edward County wine industry. Since 1999, it has been committed to creating distinctive wines that rival the world’s finest. Set in Hillier, Ontario, the estate is over 30 acres of south facing limestone-rich soil under vine; planted high density to the classic Burgundian-varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with small yields, French-inspired vinification and careful barreling in 100% French oak.

The Terroir

The soils of the County provide some of the best grape growing conditions favouring Vitis Vinifera. Closson Chase’s decision to produce two early ripening varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, reflect a deep understanding of the site’s possibilities.

Specifically, the Hillier clay loam at Closson Chase is well to moderately draining, with a shallow layer of top soil consisting of organic matter and crumbled limestone rubble situated on an understructure of fractured limestone plates. The soil retains moisture within its depths which encourages deep root penetration of the vine.

The fractured limestone plates also facilitate root penetration. The calcareous nature of the soil, created from millennia of crustacean deposits, has a high pH – 7.9 to 8.1 – an ideal environment for grape vine roots, while the reflective pale gray rubble supports production of fruit colour and ripening.

The climate of Prince Edward County, virtually an island, is greatly moderated by Lake Ontario. This massive body of water allows Southern Ontario to grow its fruits.

Closson Chase Vineyard experiences a fast start in the spring, with higher risk of spring frost, but full ripening before the shorter, cooler fall season. Closson Chase’s south facing slope adds to the early warming ability of the site, as well as aiding in water drainage and airflow. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir break bud early and require one of the shortest growing seasons of all vinifera wine grapes to fully ripen. The nature of the soil, the site and the nature of the varietals are perfectly married, giving Closson Chase the opportunity to achieve world class wines.

Closson Chase, in addition to its estate grown wines, produces both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from premium vineyards it leases in the Niagara Peninsula.

WINEMAKER | KEITH TYERS

"I want to capture what Mother Nature grows in a bottle" 

Keith Tyers grew up in nearby Kingston, where he developed a keen interest in wine and food. A move to Toronto fueled his passion for wine and led him to take the International Sommelier Guild program at Humber College. After a few years as part of the big city restaurant scene, Keith decided he wanted to be closer to home and enjoy a quieter lifestyle. His journey took him to Prince Edward County where he settled on Closson Road with his wife Cassandra to raise their young family. Keith began his winemaking career as a Vineyard Hand in 2003, soon after his arrival in the County. This quickly led to an Assistant Winemaker position, where he worked under Deborah Paskus for several years. After a brief period in wine consulting and sales, Keith returned to Closson Chase and took over as Winemaker in 2015. Since then he has continued the tradition of excellence in Chardonnay and has also followed his passion of producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Keith’s philosophy is to capture what Mother Nature grows in a bottle, creating the best possible expression of local terroir. 

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