Estate: Ravine Vineyard was founded on an existing farm whose history dates back over 100 years. It is located in the St. David’s Bench sub appellation of the Niagara region of Canada. St. David’s Bench is about 2% warmer then other areas on the Niagara Escarpment, is at a higher elevation, and also has lighter soils with good drainage capabilities. There are 3 different vineyard sections of the estate, the upper bench, the hillside slopes and the lower bottom level, each with a different soil type and planted with a varietal best suited to its composition. Originally the land was part of an ancient drainage system, incorporating Niagara River and Lake Iroquois. Reflecting this, the hillsides have thin soil yet rich in minerals; the bottom [originally the lake bed] is dense with organic material and humus.
Winemaking: The 34 acre estate is farmed organically and sustainably, all the way to the fruits and vegetables that are grown for their superb winery restaurant. All grapes are hand harvested and gravity flow is used in the winery for its gentle affect on the juice. The Gewürztraminer was aged in stainless steel, only 297 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of minerals, honeysuckle and hints of petrol. Nicely structured with clean fruit notes paired with zippy spice, finishing with honeyed fruit and crisp minerals.
[Wonderfully easy drinking and super versatile, it was a fantastic companion to a wide variety of dishes at their wonderful restaurant: wild foraged mushrooms on toast with brandy peppercorn cream, grilled vegetables and raclette tart, and my husband’s roasted duck breast with lentils and red wine poached pear. Unfortunately I ran out of time as one tends to do on holiday, and only had dinner there without touring the winery. It will definitely be on my list for my next visit to Niagara on the Lake wine country.]
$22 [Canadian Dollars]