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Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir 2019

Canada, Ontario
92 TA
92 AP
90 WA
93 NM

Gravity reflects not only the gravity-flow design used to treat our grapes as gently as possible, but also the seriousness with which thwy make their wine. The wine shows the true potential of Pinot Noir in our vineyard and ultimately in the Niagara region.

The 2019 Gravity Pinot Noir is incredibly expressive, driven by classic Bench red fruit characteristics like tart cherries and ripe raspberries. There is a high-toned floral note and subtle spice coming from the French oak barrel-aging that melds together in perfect harmony for a stunner you can drink today or cellar for up to a decade. 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Producer Flat Rock Cellars
Vintage 2020
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥5,830  (incl. tax)

Gravity reflects not only the gravity-flow design used to treat our grapes as gently as possible, but also the seriousness with which thwy make their wine. The wine shows the true potential of Pinot Noir in our vineyard and ultimately in the Niagara region.

The 2019 Gravity Pinot Noir is incredibly expressive, driven by classic Bench red fruit characteristics like tart cherries and ripe raspberries. There is a high-toned floral note and subtle spice coming from the French oak barrel-aging that melds together in perfect harmony for a stunner you can drink today or cellar for up to a decade. 

Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Niagara Peninsula
Sub-Ava Twenty Mile Bench VQA
Producer Flat Rock Cellars
Vintage 2020
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.5%
Product Code A011R00320
UPC 881860400328
Inventory In Stock (24)
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The 2019 Gravity Pinot Noir is incredibly expressive, driven by classic Bench red fruit characteristics like tart cherries and ripe raspberries. There is a high-toned floral note and subtle spice coming from the French oak barrel-aging that melds together in perfect harmony for a stunner you can drink today or cellar for up to a decade. 

Pairing

 Great for autumn fare such as grilled lamb with root vegetables.

Cellaring

Enjoy through 2030

Press
92Tony Aspler
Deep ruby in colour; floral, Raspberry nose with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, rich and concentrated, raspberry and black cherry flavours; beautifully balanced and firmly structured.
92Andre Prioux
As this wine opened up in my glass the fruit notes came together and a symphony of cherry, and blackberry. The deeper you get into this glass the more notes start to reveal themselves – the finish on this wine is like a perfect moment in late spring when you leave the house and you get aromas of wet concrete and damp soil with the promise of a verdant spring. I really enjoyed this wine – elegant and balanced. Best enjoyed 2023-2027.
90WineAlign
David Lawrason This pours pale ruby garnet portending the lighter ambiance overall including modest 12.5% alcohol. This adds to the elegant, fine boned feel with easy tannin and excellent fruit depth. The nose is expresses classic sour red cherry jam, finely tuned barrel toast, an earthy/mossy note and a touch of acetone. It all fits well together on the palate ad keeps focused, with some sour-edged volatile underlay. The length is excellent. 
93Natalie Maclean
  Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 Year after year, this is a stunning example of Ontario Pinot Noir. Aromas of red cherry and strawberry, balanced with subtle notes of leather, clove, and smoke. Medium bodied, youthful, with vibrant acidity, light tannins, and vibrant, juicy red berry notes. A hint of smoke on a drying, but lengthy finish. Lovely and so versatile. Enjoy with pork, salmon, or mushroom dishes.
Production

Appellation

VQA Twenty Mile Bench

Vinification

Gravity' refers to Flat Rock's gravity-fed system that reduces the energy required to move wine through the winery. It's also a nice nod to the weight they place on their commitment to sustainable winemaking. Flat Rock Cellars' Gravity is designed to showcase the "best of the best" in the estate's Twenty Mile Bench vineyard and cellar. That means careful selection of the best parcels of Pinot Noir vines, vinified separately and then the best is chosen from individual barrels. The nose shows generous cran-cherry fruit with a subtle note of earthy goodness and oak spice. It's pure and delicious on the palate with bright red fruits, ripe tannins, vibrant acidity and good length through the finish.

Acid 7.3g/L
Ageability10+ years
Fermentation French Oak Barriques, 27%

Producer

Producer Description

Founded in 1999 on a spectacular piece of the Niagara Escarpment known as the Jordan Bench – Flat Rock Cellars is perched on a gently rolling slope studded with vines. The winery building is a quirky, glass-encased, hexagonal masterpiece that‘s distinctive and fun. From here you can enjoy their crowning glory, the breathtaking views of the Peninsula and across Lake Ontario to Toronto.

Flat Rock's incorporated environmentally responsible technologies include:

  • Geo-thermal systems for heating and cooling.

  • Environmentally sensitive waste management system.

  • The use of ozone to clean, reducing the use of chemicals in the winery.

  • Low impact viticulture practices to manage vineyard.

  • Gravity flow reduces the energy required to make wine.

  • Landscaping that complements natural surroundings.

  • Underground barrel cellars offering natural temperature and humidity control.

  • Light-weight glass options minimizes carbon footprint.

Flat Rock's Estate Vineyard

Only in finding the perfect piece of land on the Twenty Mile Bench were they able to make the Flat Rock dream a reality. The estate combines perfect growing and soil conditions (or terroir) with natural beauty and ideal topography. In fact, the slope is reminiscent of the great vineyards in Burgundy.

Flat Rock Cellars’ vineyards are comprised of 80 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, with a small patch of Gewurztraminer for good measure. They chose these varieties as an integral part of their overall winemaking strategy, because they are best suited to cooler climate of the Niagara Peninsula and more specifically the Twenty Mile Bench.

One of the fundamental principles in quality winemaking is the ability to control and ensure balanced yields in the vineyard. At Flat Rock Cellars all of their grapes are cropped at levels that ensure fruit quality and intensity of varietal character.

Winemaking

To make great wine, Flat Rock's strategy is to combine sustainable, quality-driven vineyard management practices, high quality winemaking equipment, proven traditional vinification techniques and an uncompromising commitment to quality and innovation.

Each step of their winemaking process was carefully developed to ensure that the wine has every opportunity to achieve its maximum potential. Let’s use Pinot Noir as an example. Utilizing their 5–level gravity flow design, the wine can be crafted using the gentlest of processes from picking of the grapes through to the filling of the barrels.

Here’s what happens: The handpicked grapes arrive at their “harvest doors” at the top level of the winery in small 14 kg baskets. The baskets are tipped by hand onto a slowly shaking sorting table, where trained harvest crew can visually inspect and remove any unwanted bunches. Only those bunches deemed worthy carry on to the highly effective, yet gentle de-stemmer/crusher.

From here the grapes descend into 4.5 tonne, temperature controlled fermenters, specially designed to allow for manual manipulation of the fermentation cap. This involves using elbow grease (harvest crew power) and hand tools such as the “outil de pigeage” (a type of stainless steel plunger) to gently push the floating grape skins back down into the fermenting wine. This is done every 6 hours to facilitate extraction of colour and tannins from the skins into the wine.

When the time is right the contents of the fermenter will be drained by gravity into the press below, where a carefully orchestrated series of gentle squeezes will liberate the wine from solids. A brief stay in a tank at the lower level will allow the wine to settle more suspended solids before it is racked (again by gravity) to the French oak barrels waiting in the lowest recesses of the winery. This is where the aging process begins. The final step is the blending of the individual barrels to create a harmonious bottle of wine.

With all this attention to detail, by the time the wine is ready to drink, you can count on a great bottle of wine!

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