2016 SMALL LOTS PINOT NOIR
2016 SMALL LOTS PINOT NOIR
VQA TWENTY MILE BENCH
SILVER FOX BLOCK - NEDELKO VINEYARD
Carefully selected fruit from Single Vineyard parcels, resulting in wines of exceptional character and a unique taste of place.
The 19-month elevage was primarily in second and third fill French oak as only two of the 11 ultimately chosen for the cuvée were new wood. Throughout the barrel maturation there were minimal sulphites added until bottling, allowing the wine to evolve unimpeded. The resulting wine is ready to drink but ultimately will age deliciously for the next 5-7 years.
Smoked red berries with hints of dried rose petal scent on the nose; the palate contains flavours of cherry, plum and black currant with hints of dried herbs, lively acidity followed by toasty oak and sweet smoky characters, long and a long lingering finish.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Enjoy with charcuterie and cold cuts, great with salmon or other fatty fish. Also enjoy with pork dishes like rosemary pork chops, smoked pork loin, ideal with duck and other game birds, like duck confit or grilled quail with BBQ sauce. This wine also matches up nicely with cheese that has smoky or nutty flavours, like Gouda or Gruyère.
“This opens with an alluring nose of exotic spice, red berry fruit and pipe tobacco aromas. It envelops the palate with a stunning array of complex flavours—tangy, ripe, bramble berry fruit robed in piquant spices and black currant jelly with racy pie cherry appearing on the back palate. It’s medium-bodied with good mouthfeel and showcases dazzling fruit flavour, excellent acidity and deft balance. It’s stylish and charming while the monumentally long, balanced and beautiful finish adds to its allure. What’s not to like?” Score 95 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com
“Sullivan poured the 2016 estate Rosehall Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 beside the Niagara Twenty Mile Bench version of the 2016 Pinot to show the vast differences in the wines. They both benefit from the heat of the vintage (if you like your Pinots on the riper side) but this one has more darker fruits of currants, bramble black cherry, rich spice notes and minerals. It’s a bit bigger, richer and earthier than the County Pinot with lovely texture and aging potential.” Score 91 Rick Vansickle, WinesofNiagara.com
“Typically earthy, twiggy, dusty red fruit and wild rose-scented pinot noir in the cool climate style here from Rosehall Run, sourced from a vineyard in Niagara's 20 Mile Bench. The palate is lean and firm but not hard, with lightly grippy tannins, the ensemble cosseted by gentle, well integrated oak flavour. Length and complexity are rather impressive in the end.” Score 90 John Szabo, MS WineAlign.com
“The first wine in Dan Sullivan's new Small Lot series, was sourced from 20 year old pinot vines on the Escarpment. It pours pale garnet. The nose is very impressive with classic, slightly jammy cherry/strawberry fruit nestled amid generous oak spice, toast and forest floor notes. It is light to medium bodied, smooth and approachable, very much in the Rosehall Run style. Tannins are dusty, the finish a touch hay-like and earthy. The length is very good to excellent.” Score 90 David Lawrason, WineAlign.com
“In a place near and dear to Charles Baker and his riesling from the Ivan Vineyard, Bob Nedelko's home on the Twenty Mile Bench is also home to blocks of pinot noir. Dan Sullivan takes fruit from the Silver Fox Block, fruit not too far away or dissimilar to that of Cherry Avenue used in the Tawse single-vineyard pinot. The vintage is just ideal for Rosehall to begin this pinpointed block series, with a perfume reserved for best in show varietal wines. The notes lead you to imagine sweet leathery persimmons, wine poached plums and all the spice cupboard exotics you'd like to throw at the fruit. There is a bit more nervousness than the fruit can handle at this juncture but a year should soften the blow and bring it all into a game planning huddle. Well made wine is well made wine. Drink 2019-2022.” Score 90 Michael Godel, WineAlign.com
“ Rosehall Run makes its home in Eastern Ontario’s Prince Edward County but this silver fox (gotta love the name) was raised in Niagara’s Twenty Mile Bench. It’s part of a new small-lot series based on carefully edited fruit from a single vineyard source, in this case the Nedelko Vineyard. Light-medium-bodied, it’s ripe and jammier in flavour than one might expect from the lean body. There are intriguing notes of underbrush, spices, caramel and herbs all supported by well-handled oak (just two of the 11 barrels were new wood). Drink it over the next four years” Score 90 Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail