This traditional method sparkling wine spent almost 3 years ageing in bottle, and is made from high quality, hand-picked, bunch sorted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from the suitably cool 2013 vintage – suitable because sparkling wine likes low ripeness levels with high acids. It celebrates the balance of knowledge, passion and creativity of the winemaker, professors, and students who all pursue excellence in the field of winemaking and viticulture at Niagara College. The wine shows classic green apple and apriocot fruit, white flower, baked bread and steely minerality, with a creamy mousse and fresh acid backbone.
The 2016 Tom Thomson White Canoe is a unique vintage blend of six noble grape varieties. A core of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, both fermented in French oak barrels form the foundation of this dry white, while smaller volumes of Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Viognier, each fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and matured for 6 months in cellar before blending, build on top of this to form a harmonious whole that is round and structured but also has aromatic lift, fruit intensity and a delicate floral character.
This wine appears ruby-garnet, great aromatic depth that shows sour cherry, raspberry and beetroot, with smoke, vanilla, leather and spice following. The mid-palate shows firm tannin and weight, savoury and spicy notes, and a dry, warm finish.
This estate blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah appears brick red with violet tints in the glass. This lovely sweet wine offers intense aromatics of blueberries, strawberry jam, dried plum, butterscotch, honey and turned earth; thick, heavy and unctuous on the palate, the rich, stewed berry fruit flavours are underpinned by a tangy acidity and full, round body.
This sweet wine was fermented in 3rd fill French oak barrels to add complexity and structure to its naturally concentrated fruit flavours. Appearing light golden-yellow in colour, the nose offers intense aromatics of marmalade, honey, poached pear and apricot compote, with a hint of ginger and baking spice lingering in the background. The palate is luscious and full, with a balanced acidity and a long finish.
The 2015 vintage of our Trek Vineyard Pinot Noir displays a light freshness and elegance evident in cool climate expressions of the grape. The nose shows sour cherry, red currant, lilac, and a woodsy earthiness. The palate delivers light tannins and bright acidity, with savoury dried herb and gentle oak notes overlaying the fruit.
The 2016 Tom Thomson Algonquin Red is a unique vintage blend of the Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes, barrel-aged in French oak cooperage for 10 months before blending. The Cabernet Franc imparts flavours of raspberry, currant, spice and dried herbs, while the Merlot adds weight and texture and ripe fruit notes of Damson plum and strawberry and a little cocoa.
With fruit sourced directly from our own Estate Teaching Vineyard, this barrel fermented Chardonnay spent 13 months in French oak with occasional lees stirring. The nose speaks to the warm vintage with abundant stone fruit, pineapple and pear aromas on the nose, and a rich, full body that balances oak and fruit components, with an underlying mineral character.
Fermented in neutral oak barrels and aged on yeast lees for 6 months, the 2015 Pinot Gris shows bright aromatics of green pear, nectarine skin, lemon zest and chalky minerality on the nose. The palate is crisp, fresh and dry with spicy apple and limestone flavours.