Leaning Post 2016 Pinot Noir, Senchuk Vineyard

In 2015 Ilya Senchuk made 2 barrels worth of Pinot Noir from his own vineyard – but this 2016 is his first commercially viable effort (a four barrel output) made from his 5 year old vines – but this wine shows the depth and complexity of an old vines version. First he wild fermented the wine, allowed it to go through malolactic fermentation and used 25% whole cluster pressing … then it is bottled without filtration. Results speak for themselves but they are just shy of fabulous: fruit forward with plenty of plump fruit like plum and cherry on the nose, followed on the palate with delicate spice, including spiced-cherry and earthy notes but it’s the great balancing acidity that helps keep this supple, silky and plush wine from getting out of hand and keeps that sweet fruit in check … the real surprise here is the 85% new oak – but you don’t notice mention of oak aromas or flavours it in my notes (until now) and you won’t notice it in the wine either because the oak is so far in the background it’s almost non-existent … wow. A long finish makes this wine worth savouring over a long evening … this may be Ilya’s best Pinot to date.  Price: $55.00 – Rating: **** ½

Pinot Noir
Niagara Escarpment
at the Winery

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