VQA Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
Did you know that the Niagara Escarpment is recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve? It is a distinct topographical feature of the region in southern Ontario. Within the appellation of Niagara Escarpment is the smaller sub-appellations of Short Hills Bench, Twenty Mile Bench, and Beamsville Bench. The area is rich with fossils and sedimentary soils, exposed by dramatic topography. The bench land microclimate is unique in that it is generally sheltered from strong winds, but enjoys cooling breezes from the lake that help to moderate temperature year-round. Positioned at a higher elevation, vines are encouraged to ripen later helping to avoid Spring frosts, while also enjoying a warmer fall - extending the grape's maturation window. Enjoy fresh and in its youth at 6 C.
Mellow-yellow, light and vivid.
Michael Godel of Wine Align, "Spicy vintage for the Escarpment, concentrated in many ways, for juicy fruit, capsicum and savoury herbs"
From the winery, "Driving through the country on a warm, sunny, August morning with the windows down is where you are taken with this wine. Fresh mown hay with kiss of wild flower honey greets you as you raise the glass to your nose. In the field you also find freshly opened melon gently warmed by the sun. To bring a spark, the delicious citrus strikes a seam down the middle of the wine and foreshadows the lively acidity on the palate. As you accelerate and the resultant wind tosses your hair with abandon, you are reminded once again that this is a sporty vintage!"
An herbacious Sauvignon Blanc, we look for these when we are wanting to pair with salads and greens. We like charred cabbage salad with mustard vinaigrette, or goat cheese tarts.