Short Hills Pinot Noir - Nothing Short of Impressive
Considered a cool climate wine growing region, sub-appellations in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula have been identified for their distinguishing characteristics of soils, typography and micro-climate. One of these is the premium Short Hills Bench on which all of Henry of Pelham’s estate vineyards are located. Situated on the Niagara Escarpment, it is basically a plateau made up of very gently rolling hills. The soils are silt, loam and clay based that force the vine’s roots to drive deep to search for nutrients and water, a real benefit especially during dry growing seasons. Breezes from Lake Ontario create good air flow. Combined with ample sunshine and heat, the growing season is long and protracted allowing the grapes to grow and ripen at a leisurely pace. This allows the grape’s natural sugar levels and acidity to become more naturally aligned. Good water drainage is provided by the valley of 12 Mile Creek and smaller streams. Pinot Noir, known as the heartbreak grape due to its finicky nature, has found its home here. Hand picked with low yields, the berries are moved by gravity while the winemaking emphasizes gentle handling using only free run juice. Red berries and spices dominate the bouquet. The silky mouth feel is intertwined with flavours of cherry and hints of oak and tobacco with a long finish. Forest floor nuances make mushroom risotto one of our favourite dishes with which to pair this Pinot Noir. Do not hesitate to add some protein in the form of grilled salmon or roast duck to round out your meal.