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Closson Chase Grand Cuvee Pinot Noir 2019

Canada, Ontario
92 WA
93 WA

Slightly dark to black fruit greets your nose. Red fruits are lifted off the sides of the glass, followed by spices, dried flowers, forest floor and mushrooms rounding it out. Mouth follows with lush fruit, bacon fat, round fine tannins, balanced acidity and texture galore! The finish is long and complex with chunkier tannins showing through.

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Prince Edward County
Producer Closson Chase Vineyards
Vintage 2019
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥13,200

Slightly dark to black fruit greets your nose. Red fruits are lifted off the sides of the glass, followed by spices, dried flowers, forest floor and mushrooms rounding it out. Mouth follows with lush fruit, bacon fat, round fine tannins, balanced acidity and texture galore! The finish is long and complex with chunkier tannins showing through.

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 12.2%
Product Code A010R00519
UPC 180756000148
Inventory In Stock (15)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Slightly dark to black fruit greets your nose. Red fruits are lifted off the sides of the glass, followed by spices, dried flowers, forest floor and mushrooms rounding it out. Mouth follows with lush fruit, bacon fat, round fine tannins, balanced acidity and texture galore! The finish is long and complex with chunkier tannins showing through.

Pairing

Grilled Porkchop, duck confit, mushroom risotto

Cellaring

Enjoy now and beyond 2030

Press
92WineAlign
Gold - National Wine Awards of Canada 2022
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John Szabo, MS When first tasted at the winery in July 2021, I remarked: "The 2019 Grande Cuvée is composed of 60% South Clos fruit and 40% Churchside, aged in 40% new wood. It was a real pinot year in the County, yielding wines of tremendous perfume and silky, delicate structure, a real delight. Youthful flavours of orange-tangerine over raspberry and cranberry swirl around beguilingly delicate, feathery tannins framed with very finely chiseled acids. It's still tightly wound of course (and not yet released), with terrific tension and energy. This should be a cracking wine in time; revisit in a year.", And a year later, tasting blind at the NWAC awards June 2022: "Pale-medium red-red-garnet. Lovely nose. floral, rose petal , classic style in the old world idiom. The palate is all rosehip and rose petals, delicate and fine grained, elegant and long. Lovely wine."
Reviews & Ratings

Gold - National Wine Awards of Canada 2022

Production

Appellation

VQA Prince Edward County

Vinification

Vineyards | 85%Churchside , 15% South Clos
Harvest | OCTOBER 5-11, 2019
Yields | 1.8 TONNES/ ACRE
Brix | 21.2
Ph | 3.36
Residual Sugar | <3G M / Litre

Method | 100% DE -ST E M M ED, NO CRUSHING, 3-5 DAYS COLD SOAK

Fermentatoin | LARGE OAK fermentors
Aging | 10% NEW FRENCH OAK
Production  < 550 CASES

Production Amount

1800
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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