2011 Bruce Block Pinot Noir
In the summer of 2012, our winemaking team set aside 4 barrels of 3 different 'micro-blocks' within our vineyard selected for their superior expressions of each block. They were aged a further 9 months in neutral oak to capture the true nature of distinct parcels within our vineyard. The Bruce Block vineyard was formerly located at the north end of our property bumping up against the wooded area that drops down onto the Bruce Trail. This is the last wine ever made from this characteristically earthy and savoury block.
Vineyard NotesNorthern-most block; next to escarpment/Bruce Trail. Slight south facing slope.Clone 115 is thicker skinned with more tannin & colour extracted. Loamy soils with shallow bed of limestone beneath.
Production NotesAll of our Pinot Noir wines are essentially made in the same fashion - hand picking, sorting, destemming and fermented in stainless steel vats with all the tools to make the best wines possible. In the summer of 2012, a selection of 12 barrels were put aside - 4 each from what we felt were the 'best expressions' of these particular blocks within our Pinot Noir blocks. A decision was made to keep these wines in neutral oak until the late winter of 2013. The wines were racked, blended and then bottled -- all with the intent to capture the true nature of these 'micro block' wines.
Winemaker NotesAged in Marcel Cadet barrels, new, medium toast; favoured for their minimal impact on flavour & aromatics. Their tight grain also works well with the big tannins of these wines – the tight grain allows for slow tannin integration between the oak & wine creating subtlety vs. big unbalanced tannins.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Appellation||Twenty Mile Bench|