Opens in the glass to red berry aromas, medium to full-bodied with good varietal character marked by juicy acidity, damson, mulberry and mocha notes with a savoury edge and a touch of lingering pepper spice.
A nose of underbrush, truffles, cedar, cherry, small black berries and spice. Very elegant Pinot Noir, considering the hot vintage; silky on the palate with meaty-earthy red fruits and plush tannins.
Clear medium-deep garnet. Grapey nose of candy and raspberry. Medium-bodied with mashed dark berries on the palate; good acidity but tannins are gone. Drink up.
The vineyard, planted in 1997, is named for Canadian Marq De Villiers, who wrote The Heartbreak Grape. Deep ruby in colour with a bouquet of black cherries and vanilla oak; full-bodied, rich and dense. Cellar for 2–3 years.
A pleasant earthiness leads to elegant and defined flavours of plum and black cherry; wonderful finesse and elegance and great restraint and balance with a long finish. Great with cassoulet, roasted meats and earthy dishes.
Winemaker Deborah Paskus has been making intense Chardonnay from this vineyard since the early ’90s, first while working in Niagara, and now in PEC. It exudes toast, butterscotch, peach, pineapple, cream and apple. The palate is dense, with great length and a spicy finish. Drink until 2016.
Starting to show mature notes of crème brûlée, which melds with hazelnut, vanilla, apple, pear, baking spice and quince. Medium body with a creamy texture. Butter-poached lobster would be nirvana with this wine.