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Closson Chase Churchside Pinot Noir 2019

Canada, Ontario
94 NM
93 WA
94 WA

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 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥5,940

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 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A010R00219
UPC 180756000131
Inventory In Stock (60)
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

Grilled Porkchop, duck confit, mushroom risotto

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
94Natalie Maclean
From Prince Edward County wine region, Closson Chase Churchside 2019 Pinot Noir is a fresh and fragrant with cherry, ripe raspberry, subtle spicy, savoury and smoky aromas and flavours with just a kiss of toasted oak on the palate. Dry, medium-bodied showing finesse, elegance and power, enticing and silky with fine-grained tannins. Drink or hold.
93WineAlign
Megha Jandhyala  This is an aromatically alluring pinot noir with the scent of wildflowers, raspberries, strawberries, spice, vanilla, and brown sugar. I like the skillful incorporation of oak influence here. The structure is refined and pleasing, tart, lively acidity and worn-velvet tannins support and lift the dense flavour profile. Length is very good to excellent. Best 2022-2026.Tasted June 2022 
94WineAlign
The 2019 Churchside pinot from Closson Chase is a supremely delicate and lacy wine, fine-grained and silky, a really beguiling texture overall. I love the refinement allied to genuine depth and deceptive power - the finish here really hangs on; wood is very nicely integrated. This vineyard gains in stature with each passing vintage, bubbling up to the top of the Closson pinot range in my view. On the technical side it's fully destemmed but not crushed, and given a 3-5 day cold soak before fermenting in large oak. It's then transferred to barrique for 18 months, of which 20% were new. A mix of classic red with some darker berry fruit character expands the usual county range, perfectly ripe at just 12.2% alcohol, while wood remains a very subtle flavour influence. County magic. Tasted October 2021.
Production

Appellation

VQA Prince Edward County

Viticulture

All our vines are shoot, leaf and cluster thinned to optimize crop load and sunlight penetration throughout the canopy.

Vinification

Fully destemmed but not crushed, and given a 3-5 day cold soak before fermenting in large oak. It's then transferred to barrique for 18 months, of which 20% were new.

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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