Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir

  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008

Wine Style

This wine is meant to satisfy the most discerning Pinot Noir lover. Made in limited quantities and only in vintages of exceptional quality, it is aged in premium French oak barriques to provide subtle aromas without masking the ripe fruit. This is an elegant wine, with concentrated yet delicate flavours, true to a Burgundian classic food wine. Regarded as a leader in the production of quality Pinot Noir in Canada, the Stewart Family Reserve wines are always cellar worthy.

Tasting & Pairing

The nose is rich and complex with hints of dark cassis and aged oak mixed with chocolate, plum and floral notes. This elegant wine is fruit-forward with notes of ripe cherry layered with roasted nut flavors. The rich palette is beautifully balanced with a smooth finish that will improve over time. We recommend proper cellaring of 5 to 8 years.Our Stewart Family Reserve Pinot pairs well with baked salmon, duck confit or Coq au vin. For a truly decadent meal, try it with Beef bourgignon.

Winemaking

The Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir was made from100% Pinot Noir clones sourced entirely from 10-27 year old vines grown in the Quails’ Gate Estate vineyards on the Mount Boucherie bench. Harvested by hand in early October, the fruit was chilled and soaked on the skins for several days before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. After nearly a month on the skins, the wine was gently pressed before barrel ageing for 10 months. Only the very best French oak barrels are chosen for the Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir.

Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.0 % Total acidity: 5.8 g/l Residual sweetness: 1.2 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 639658 UPC code: 778856212204 Date bottled: December 2013 Case volume: 1775 (6/case)

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Wine Style

Pinot Noir is our flagship product. The volcanic slopes at this Quails’ Gate vineyard site are ideally suited to this varietal. Made to be elegant with grace and finesse, this wine is made for wine lovers who desire a sophisticated style of Pinot Noir. As one of Canada’s leading producers of Pinot Noir, we ensure that our wines exhibit rich, complex fruit flavours, reminiscent of classic Burgundy wines, while showcasing the added elegance of New World wine making techniques.

Tasting & Pairing

On first impression, the fragrance of this supple, silken-textured Pinot Noir is dominated by intensely bright, ripe, red fruits. As the wine unfolds, musky floral aromas evoke images of dark, velvety, blood-red roses. Firm but very fine tannins allow the wine to showcase gorgeous primary fruit with subtle layers of spice and truffle. Pair this wine with butter herb crusted chicken, roasted lamb, savory slow cooked game, or side dishes with an earthy or nutty character.

Winemaking

2011 was an excellent cool climate year in which our vines on the Mount Boucherie bench thrived. The majority of the vines are over 20 years old, with deep roots penetrating the complex, freely draining soils. Harvested in early October, the grapes were cooled and allowed to soak on skins for a week before wild yeast fermentation was initiated by warming the vats. After nearly a month on the skins, the wine was gently pressed and aged exclusively in French oak barrels for 10 months before racking and blending. Cellaring of 5-7 years will allow this wine to further develop underlying characteristics and a suppleness sure to impress Pinot aficionados.

Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14%, Total acidity: 5.4 g/l, Residual sweetness: 2 g/l, Sweetness code: 0, SKU code: 585760, UPC code: 778856111200, Date bottled: December 2012, Case volume: 7000

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Wine Style

This wine is meant to satisfy the most discerning Pinot Noir lover. Made in limited quantities and only in vintages of exceptional quality, it is aged in premium French oak barriques to provide subtle aromas without masking the ripe fruit. This is an elegant wine, with concentrated yet delicate flavours, true to a Burgundian classic food wine. Regarded as a leader in the production of quality Pinot Noir in Canada, the Stewart Family Reserve wines are always cellar worthy.

Tasting & Pairing

Our Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir is fragrant, with plum, dark chocolate and cocoa notes. Hints of leather and sweet tobacco mingle with exotic spice: cloves, 5 spice and vanilla. Silky and satiny, this wine is supple and built to last. With long term cellaring, this Pinot Noir will reveal earthy notes and gamey forest floor complexities. Try pairing it with mushroom-crusted rack of lamb served with ragout of French lentils.

Winemaking

The grapes for our SFR Pinot Noir were sourced from Quails’ Gate Estate Boucherie Mountain vineyards from vines 10-25 years old. The hot season resulted in very ripe grapes. This wine is a blend of 4 ferments, each representing a different block and clone of Pinot Noir. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks using a combination of indigenous and French cultivated yeast strains. After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels (40% new and 60% 1 year old) for 11 months before blending and bottling, giving depth and character to deliver a powerful yet supple wine. This is a very cellar worthy wine with ageing potential of 5 to 8 years.

Technical Notes

Alc. by volume: 14.5% Total acidity: 6.1 g/l Residual sweetness: 3.5 g/l Sweetness code: 0 SKU code: 639658 UPC code: 778856209204 Date bottled: December 2010 Case volume: 2063 (6/case)

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Wine Style

This wine is meant to satisfy the most discerning pinot noir lover. Made in limited quantities and only in vintages of exceptional quality, it is aged in premium French oak barriques to provide subtle aromas without masking the ripe fruit. This is an elegant wine, with concentrated yet delicate flavours, true to a Burgundian classic food wine. Regarded as a leader in the production of quality pinot noir in Canada, the Stewart Family Reserve wines are always cellar worthy.

Tasting & Pairing

A fruit forward wine with light oak vanilla, this wine is defined by firm supple tannins with gamey complexity. This wine exhibits aromas of plum, cherry and accents of exotic spice. Enjoyable now or over 5-8 years with careful cellaring, it will pair with duck breast served with roasted heirloom beets and creamy polenta or with mushroom risotto finished with white truffle oil and parmigiano reggiano.

Winemaking

Harvested in October 2008, this vintage benefited from ideal conditions producing a lively, expressive pinot noir. The grapes were sourced 100% from our Quails’ Gate Estate Boucherie Mountain vineyard with an average vine age of 24 years. Our flagship wine, this pinot noir is crafted from four of the oldest and best pinot noir clones in Canada. Extended skin contact prior to 11 months in 40% new French oak  gives depth and character, delivering a powerful yet supple wine.

Technical Notes

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Alc. By Vol: 14.0% Total Acidity: 6.9 g/l Residual Sweetness: 2 g/l Sweetness: (0) SKU Code: 639685 UPC: 778856208207 Date Bottled: Dec. 2009 Case Volume: 3112 cases (6 bottle cases)

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