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Pinot Noir Reviews

Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir

94 points - John Szabo (2019 vintage)
"The 2019 Grande Cuvée is composed of 60% South Clos fruit and 40% Churchside, aged in 40% new wood. It was a real pinot year in the County, yielding wines of tremendous perfume and silky, delicate structure, a real delight. Youthful flavours of orange-tangerine over raspberry and cranberry swirl around beguilingly delicate, feathery tannins framed with very finely chiseled acids. It's still tightly wound of course (and not yet released), with terrific tension and energy. This should be a cracking wine in time; revisit in a year."

94 points - David Lawrason (2017 vintage)
"Oh my, is this the best County Pinot to date? Let the debate begin. It has a fabulous nose and such great woven elegance and County structure. Very harmonized, energized yet graceful. Love the lifted seamless cherry, florals, vague wood smoke and spice. It is medium weight, with great finely honed tension. Tannins are very fine. The length is excellent to outstanding."

South Clos Pinot Noir

94 points - Michael Godel (2017 vintage)
"If, as winemaker Keith Tyers says, 'Closson Chase is all about place, as I think the entire County is,' then the remarkable 2017 South Clos was indeed THE harbinger of location that yields to this next level, single varietal assemblage. Forget the fact that is somewhat of an oxymoron because it applies to the full scoop of maker, estate and collection of places within the proverbial place. Here purposes some of Prince Edward County's, the vines associated with lands around the Closson Road and Ontario as a whole's best pinot noir fruit that a vintage can supply. I can think of some other similarly lauded pinot locales; Cotes de Nuits, Central Otago, Hemel-en-Aarde, Lowrey Vineyard on the St. David's Bench. The kinship is cool, if an unnecessary parallel to draw, but the precision, focus, exuberance, zeitgeist and specificity of this Closson Chases makes this Grand Cuvée stand apart. Tyers may be a great maker of chardonnay but with pinot noir in hand he is now a master. Drink 2021-2028."

Churchside Pinot Noir

94 points - John Szabo (2019 vintage)
"The 2019 Churchside pinot from Closson Chase is a supremely delicate and lacy wine, fine-grained and silky, a really beguiling texture overall. I love the refinement allied to genuine depth and deceptive power - the finish here really hangs on; wood is very nicely integrated. This vineyard gains in stature with each passing vintage, bubbling up to the top of the Closson pinot range in my view. On the technical side it's fully destemmed but not crushed, and given a 3-5 day cold soak before fermenting in large oak. It's then transferred to barrique for 18 months, of which 20% were new. A mix of classic red with some darker berry fruit character expands the usual county range, perfectly ripe at just 12.2% alcohol, while wood remains a very subtle flavour influence. County magic."

Chardonnay Reviews

Grande Cuvée Chardonnay

94 points - John Szabo (2019 vintage)
"The 2019 Grande Cuvée Chardonnay is a stellar follow up to the excellent 2018. It's composed of 60% fruit from the Churchside vineyard and 40% from the South Clos across Closson Road with vines now 20 years old. It's a little reductive-flinty off the top (freshly bottled, not yet released), little stink here, which should blow off in due time, and is in fact a good sign at this stage of early development, auguring well for its longevity. Wood is a minor factor, providing just a light spice sheen, while acids are in fine form, sapid and succulent, framing just-ripe citrus fruit, apples and pears. I love how tightly wound and stony this is, a terrific County expression in a cool year, you could call it a classic vintage. Tuck this in the cellar for 2-4 years and begin to enjoy from about 2024. Cracking wine."

95 points - Vic Harradine (2017 vintage)
"Buttered toast and spiced, baked apple mingle with toasty/flinty aromas on the nose in the first bottling of this premium, flagship Chardonnay. It envelops the palate with a surge of flavour with ripe peach and Mirabelle plum interwoven with tang-laden lemon curd and sharp green apple. This is medium-plus bodied with generous mouthfeel and a lengthy finish and aftertaste replaying palate flavours. This wine showcases deft balance, persistent purity of fruit, good depth, complexity and ability to age to 2026 with careful cellaring. Kudos to winemaker, Keith Tyers, for this stunning cool-climate Chardonnay."

Churchside Chardonnay

94 points - Michael Godel (2017 vintage)
"Truth be submitted, discussed and told the 2017 Closson Chase Vineyard is a lovely, accessible, County for all chardonnay but this, this is something other. This Churchside '17 from a block of vines at the prettiest little chapel around delivers the fullest fruit compliment of the times, in headline, lede and body of work. It does so with a posit tug of tension and spot on, pinpointed and precise attention to balance. States a case with best butter, better toast and even greater purpose. The '17 Churchside undulates and circles, coming to rest in the moment where it all melts down, like a ball in place on the roulette wheel, always having known what number it would be. Drink 2019-2026."

South Clos Chardonnay

94 points - John Szabo (2019 vintage)
"Pure chardonnay from the South Clos, the first vineyard planted on the estate 20 years ago, the 2019 is fermented and aged in barrel, of which just 20% were new. It displays a high level of detail and precision, and the depth and concentration are exceptional here, born of carefully-farmed low yielding vines now coming into full maturity in this long and cool vintage, one which provided extended hang time. Wood contributes more to the layered texture than flavour, along with the richness and creaminess imparted by lees, and the net result is a beautifully balanced, fresh, firm wine with plenty of custard pear and apple flavours. It shows more depth and flesh, and complexity, than the 2019 Vineyard chardonnay (a blend of South Clos and Churchside), as well as structure, length, and probable longevity. I love the sharp lines, the tight flavour delineation, the perfectly integrated wood and lees influence, and especially the inimitable County purity and stoniness. This is winemaker's Keith Tyers's best chardonnay yet released in my view."

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