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Small Lot Natural Orange Wine by Southbrook Vineyards 2017

Small Lot Natural Orange Wine

by Southbrook Vineyards 2017

Producer : Southbrook Vineyards

Region : Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Soft Cheese, Vegetables, White Meat

Tasting Notes

Time on skins: 25 days. Handpicked clusters of estate biodynamic vidal vineyard were foot trodden to crush about 1/3 of the berries and wild fermented for 25 days (with stems), with full malolactic fermentation and bottling without filtration. No additives of any kind were used. The original Ontario Orange, Ann Sperling has found a marvelous way to coax a maximum of flavor out of vidal (short of freezing it for Icewine), easily the most engaging dry version of the variety made. The depth of flavor is surprising considering less than 10% alcohol, but it’s a marvel of dried orchard fruit, orange marmalade and savoury-herbal notes, redolent of bergamot, English Breakfast tea, lavender, sage and dried roses. There’s a pleasant bit of grip on the palate, lightly dusty, with excellent length.

John Szabo, MS - 92 Points

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Southbrook Vineyards
Region Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada)
Alcohol 10.9% alc./vol.
Style Orange wines
Vintage 2017
Farming Method Organic
Grapes 100% Vidal
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Soft Cheese, Vegetables, White Meat
Price of Case $178.50

The Producer

Southbrook Vineyards

Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier, seasoned agriculturalists in Ontario, have a deep-rooted connection to the local food scene. Initially, they ran Southbrook Farms as a bustling on-site market and a spot where you could pick your own produce in Richmond Hill, ON. Their journey took a vinous turn in 1991 when they ventured into the realm of winemaking, setting up a small-scale winery. To craft their premium VQA wines, they carefully selected grapes from vineyards in Niagara.

In 2005, with guidance from Ann Sperling, now the Director of Winemaking and Viticulture, the Redelmeier family seized the opportunity to acquire a prime 74-acre plot nestled in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Later, they expanded their domain by adding another 75 acres from a neighbouring property. This expansion allowed them to create pastures and barns for their resident flock of sheep. In 2008, the doors to their LEED-Gold, award-winning hospitality pavilion swung open, marking Southbrook Vineyards as Canada’s inaugural winery certified both organic and biodynamic.

Throughout their stewardship, Southbrook has steadfastly eschewed chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, opting instead for a more holistic approach. Embracing biodynamic practices, they view the vineyard as an integral part of a self-sustaining ecosystem. Soil fertility is maintained through solar-powered means, with grazers like sheep converting pasture into vital nutrients. This commitment has transformed the property into a haven for biodiversity, teeming with wildlife, pollinators, and ingredients for biodynamic preparations. Coupled with the favourable conditions of the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation and clay-rich soils, Southbrook's careful cultivation yields distinctive wines, including Chardonnay, Semillon, and a range of red Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, along with Syrah.

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