Cow Stink, …I love it when a wine smells of cow shit!
I first had this wine at the excellent The Don restaurant where, not quite knowing what to expect from a Canadian pinot, we were all highly impressed. I miraculously found this wine on the shelves of my local wine shop soon after – and bought with gusto! It is a serious pinot noir that models itself on Burgundy, being a partnership between Canadian Constellation Brands and Boisset – a huge French wine enterprise with operations in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, along with Napa Valley and the Russian River Valley in California. Canada’s wine making potential seems a serious proposition with Boisset planting his own vines after identifying similar terrior to the Côte d’Or.
This wine could be described as Burgundian in many ways, the farmyardy, cow poop aroma and medium classic Pinot body, however there is something else here, deeper darker flavours that don’t come from the addition of another grape variety, but as they try to make the wines to express the terroir, might be a unique characteristic of the Niagara peninsula?? Particularly as it’s also extremely present in their single vineyard Twenty Mile Bench pinot – almost to the point of being unpleasant! …but don’t let this put you off, if you read the notes I made on this wine you’ll discover it has a happy ending.
Noble Green Wines £19.49