2016 SMALL LOTS PETIT VERDOT

2016 SMALL LOTS PETIT VERDOT

34.95

VQA TWENTY MILE BENCH

EDGEROCK VINEYARD

750 mL

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Small Lots

Carefully selected fruit from Single Vineyard parcels, resulting in wines of exceptional character and a unique taste of place.

Edgerock Vineyard

Hailing from a rare south-facing slope on the Niagara benchlands and coming from the sun drenched 2016 vintage this fruit shone like an all-star.

Winemaking

Elevage for 18 months in two thirds French and one third American oak has rendered a scant 140 cases of elegant savagery. It’s brooding fruit and edgy nature will be put in its place with a grilled steak tonight but will find a more refined and eloquent voice with three to five years to reflect alone in the cellar.

Tasting Notes

Dark red berries and lilac with hints of herbs on the nose; on the palate warm dark berries like plum, black cherry with toasty stout and hints of cooked herbs. This is a wine that is bold but with gentle warm characters.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Great wine to pair with hearty dishes like sausage stew or Spanish Pork, Chickpea & Black Pudding Stew. The full tannins in this wine also makes it a perfect pairing with medium rare steak, prime rib or short ribs. Also an ideal partner with aged or smoky cheeses, like age cheddar or gouda.

Critical Acclaim

“This ‘Small Lots’ petit verdot offers aromas of wood smoke, cassis and dark, briary-berry fruit. It captures the palate with swashbuckling flavours of tang-laden, black, juicy cherry and black plum intertwined with racy red currant and notions of passionfruit infused with piquant spice. It’s full bodied and fully textured with good balance, structure and depth. It finishes with lots of tang and oomph, lengthy and luscious. Let this breathe a couple of hours before pouring via an aeration/decant. This deserves hearty fare—osso buco, boeuf Bourguignon or cassoulet.” Score 91 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com

“Edgerock Vineyard hails from a rare south-facing slope on the Niagara benchlands. Elevage for 18 months in two thirds French and one third American oak has rendered a scant 140 cases of this wine. It has an earthy/smoky entry on the nose with a range of spice and herbs, red berries, a floral component and elegant oak spices. The palate reveals a local floral/herbal profile, currants and cassis with wood spices, ripe tannins and lively acidity through the finish. Best to age this 3+ years.” Score 91 Rick Vansickle, winesinniagara.com

 

“Petit Verdot often displays lifted, complex aromas and this dark red demonstrates the point. Expect violets, blueberry jam along with dark chocolate and some herbaceousness. It’s quite full bodied, firm and edgy with elevated acidity and firm, grippy tannin (for which PV is also known). The length is very good to excellent. Best 2020 onward.” Score 90 David Lawrason WineAlign.com