Closson Chase South Clos Pinot Noir 2017

Canada, Ontario
93 WA 93 Points (WineAlign)
93 WA 93 Points (WineAlign)
94 JG 94 Points (Wineanorak (Jamie Goode))

A declaration of the global status of this young but outstanding wine region.  A Pinot Noir with serious intentions!

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

A declaration of the global status of this young but outstanding wine region.  A Pinot Noir with serious intentions!

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A010R00417
UPC 180756000872
Inventory In Stock (17)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Nose opens with flower petals, cranberry and raspberry leading to spices and cured meat. Mouth is full and dense with red fruit and floral tones, balanced by fine tannins and acidity. A consistent finish of flowers, herbs, red fruit and black licorice are all complimented by a great seam of minerality. Pairing suggestion Duck, venison or prime rib


Duck, venison or prime rib


Drink through 2025

David Lawrason.  Good colour here for County pinot, showing ruby youth. The nose is soft but rich with ripe raspberry fruit, gentle spice, very little oak and some earth and hay-like aromas. All nicely sewn together. It is light to medium bodied, quite firm with a certain sophistication on the palate. Good power and depth, but I would stick this away for a couple of years and drink the more exuberant 2017 Vineyard Pinot in the meantime. The length is excellent to outstanding. Last tasted April 2020
93 points, Michael Godel, "Closson Chase is all about place, as I think the entire County is, " explains Keith Tyers, here since 2004, first as an assistant to Deborah Paskus and now in his fifth vintage as head winemaker. "We are Sonoma to Niagara's Napa," he adds and if the remarkable 2017 South Clos is any harbinger then truer words may not be spoken. The lowest and finest yields pit fruit so determined up against tension and purity wins every time. It's a floral undertaking in a Sonoma (Coast especially) way and a spice route taken under the mist of sea spray, in a matter of speaking. The flavours are a mimic of that spiced nose and then it just travels through whole, plentiful and keeps on going. Drink 2020-2028. Tasted June 2019.
94Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
94 points, Jamie Goode, Concentrated and supple with some cherry and plum fruit. Nice fine-grained structure. Supple, showing nice cherries and a touch of raspberry. Fresh and lovely.


VQA Prince Edward County


- Yield: 1.8 tonnes/acre
- Brix: 23
- pH: 3.31
- Residual Sugar: >3 g/l
- Method: Hand harvested
- Fermentation: 100% large oak fermenter
- Aging: 20% new French Oak, 18 months


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

Production Amount


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.


"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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