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Closson Chase KJ Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2021

Canada, Ontario
Best-seller
91 NM

This is a characterful, intense Pinot Gris with good weight and mouthfeel that stylistically leans more to Alsace than it does Alto Adige. It's balanced and complex, with ripe fruit; bright, mouth-watering acidity; touches of apple, tropical fruit and candied citrus; and a fine saline minerality. A wine for grilled seafood.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Four Mile Creek VQA
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2021
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥3,850

This is a characterful, intense Pinot Gris with good weight and mouthfeel that stylistically leans more to Alsace than it does Alto Adige. It's balanced and complex, with ripe fruit; bright, mouth-watering acidity; touches of apple, tropical fruit and candied citrus; and a fine saline minerality. A wine for grilled seafood.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Four Mile Creek VQA
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2021
Color White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A010W00721
UPC 180756000032
Inventory In Stock (120)
Owning & Enjoying

Pairing

Chill and enjoy with a pork tenderloin en croute or grilled seafood dishes.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2025 and beyond

Press
91Natalie Maclean
A mouth-watering PG produced by winemaker, Keith Tyers. Look for ripe pear, apple, tropical fruit, citrus peel and briny mineral flavours intense and brilliant on the palate. Chill and enjoy with a pork tenderloin en croute or grilled seafood dishes.
Reviews & Ratings

This is a characterful, intense Pinot Gris with good weight and mouthfeel that stylistically leans more to Alsace than it does Alto Adige. It's balanced and complex, with ripe fruit; bright, mouth-watering acidity; touches of apple, tropical fruit and candied citrus; and a fine saline minerality. A wine for grilled seafood.

Production

Appellation

VQA Niagara River

Viticulture

- Alcohol Level: 13%
- Harvest: October 6, 2017
- Brix: 22.5
- Barrel Treatment: No new wood, 3+ year barrels
- Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
- Yield: 4 tonnes/acre
- Bottling Date: March 20-22, 2019
- Production: 990 cases

Vinification

Barrel Treatment: No new wood, 3+ year barrels Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented

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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