I had the pleasure of attending the iYellow Winetario event where Ontario Wine Award winners showed up with some of their best wines. The event was an awesome showcase of some incredible Ontario wines. This wine was by far one of the most distinctive, it really did stand out.
Two Sisters was planted in 2007 in Niagara on the Lake and their first vintage was 2010. For such a young winery I am shocked how far they have come. This wine is dark in color with a lovely nose dark berries and hint of plum. On the mid palate there’s dark berries to match the nose along with a hint of plum, but where this wine lives is in the finish. This is a big bruiser of a wine, with lots of nice chocolate, firm tannins and some nice acidity. The alcohol is well under control. The wine has some lovely dryness and complexity that builds in the mouth as it coats the palate with the black fruit notes. Given the tannins I would say this wine has some very nice ageing potential. Wow, for such a young winery an excellent wine. And lot bigger than I am use to from Niagara on the lake. Yum. I would give it an 88-89 or so. $48 a bottle at the winery!
The wine was produced with a full berry ferment, and they captured and recycled the carbon dioxide as it came off the wine
From the weinery’s web site:
About the Wine
2012 was another incredible growing season in Niagara, giving us fruit at optimal ripeness. Premium farming and attention to detail in the winery ensure that our 2012 Merlot is the expression of our vineyard site.
This Merlot is a beautiful garnet colour, core to rim. Medium-bodied and elegantly structured, if offers mouth-coating, velvety tannins, which are certain to give this wine longevity if you have the willpower to resist drinking it for the next year or two.
The palate is rich and juicy with the flavours of dark red/black fruits and sweet oak up front. On the mid-palate, blackberries take over before a long, textured finish.
This wine is drinking beautifully right now and will continue to evolve and change through 2023. It can benefit from decanting.