2012 Rennie Paradox (Pinot Noir)

Rennie is a virtual winery in Beamsville. The wines are made by Malivoire for Rennie. Garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm rustic notes backed immediately by some firm tannins and acidity. This is definitely a bigger pinot. I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with roast pheasant and it went well although a bit firm for the pheasant. The bottle says “Contains suplphites”. Not in the LCBO, $40 at the winery.

From the winery’s web site:\Winemaker’s Notes:
Aromas infer cranberry, dark chocolate, Turkish Delight, maple cream, nutmeg and cigar box.

Sturdy tannins make this an assertively-textured wine. Flavours bring to mind cranberry, black cherry and cocoa with a lingering trace of caramel.

On cresting sugar ripeness of 23.1° Brix, pinot noir clusters were selected by hand from Graham and Christine Rennie’s Heron Pond Vineyard.

After crush, the fermenting must’s fruit intensity was augmented by twice-daily pigeage and periodic addition of uncrushed whole clusters. Malolactic fermentation and eighteen months’ ageing were completed in French oak barrels before the wine was bottled unfiltered.

Alcohol measured 13.5%, pH 3.7, titratable acidity 5.5 grams / litre and residual sugar 0.6 grams / litre.

Production was limited to a rare 75 cases of wine.
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