Rosehall Run 20th Anniversary Estate-Grown Pinot Noir
Sometimes you must look inside the barrel to think outside the box. To began the process of creating a Pinot Noir to kick off the celebration of our 20 years in existence out on the edge of plausibility nestled near the north shore of Lake Ontario, we started from the inside.
The 2019 growing season was fiendishly deceptive and challenging. It was late, humid, cool but actually really short of rain during the critical mid-summer period in July and August. Early in the growing season was wet with the threat of rain a constant worry, as the interminable wait for flowering stoked anxiety. Weather warmed up in late June and the vines took off through the torrid month of July. Post-bloom, we got to the task of leaf pulling immediately. While it was tempting to shoot and fruit thin, experience suggested waiting thus slowing vine growth. Ultimately, we dropped about 20% of the Pinot Noir crop just before and at veraison and hung our Pinot to the latest pick date ever, waiting until the third week of October to pick for table wine.
Cuvaison for the Cherrywood selection lasted 24 days before being pressed and settled into mostly second fill French barrels but also two stainless steel barrels one fitted with Cherrywood heads and stave inserts as a control/test barrel. Along with this we purchased extra stave inserts to infuse about 40% the wine in oak at a later date in order to control the extraction rate as we hadn’t worked with cherrywood before. While we found the wine took on the wood quickly it took a bit of time to integrate and adds a touch more savoury grip than we encounter with our signature elevage program.
“Delicate and elegant on the nose, aromas of mixed spice, savoury herbs and red cherry/berry fruit provide segue to a light-medium bodied stream of palate-bathing tangy Montmorency cherry, hints of passionfruit and the ripe, sweet and tang of red raspberry and cherry on the back palate. It’s nicely balanced with good complexity, persistent purity of fruit and plenty to like about the lengthy and flavourful finish and aftertaste. Hats off to winemaker extraordinaire, Dan Sullivan, who waved his magic wand over this sleek and graceful pinot noir.” Score 93 Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com
“This estate Pinot was pressed and settled into mostly second fill French barrels, but also two stainless steel barrels, one fitted with cherry wood heads and stave inserts. This is Sullivan’s first wine using cherry wood. It has a pretty nose of rich black cherry fruit, wild raspberries, sweet oak notes and a mineral edge. The red fruits are ripe on the palate with added savoury/bramble notes, fine oak spice, grippy tannins and terrific balance and poise through a lifted finish.” Score 92 Rick Vansickle, winesinniagara.com
“Middle Eastern-style rice and a simple tomato salad set the gastro-mood for this new @rosehall_run Estate pinot noir to take centre stage. Firm fruit, cherry notes, gripping tannins, clean finish. Late-picked, aged in 2nd year barrels (+some new cherrywood—hence the name) now available at the winery & online.” Konrad Ejbich, @winezone
750 mL | 12% ABV