Estate: Committed to creating a legacy for the generations to follow him, 3rd generation wine grower Gary Pillitteri founded the Pillitteri Winery in 1993. Gary began working in the vineyards alongside his grandfather and father in his native Sicily, and carried his passion for viticulture to Canada. Initially he and his wife grew fruits and vegetables on the estate, but in 1998 Gary decided to experiment with making a small batch of Vidal Icewine. Upon winning a gold medal right out of the starting gate, Gary decided to plant vines and open a winery. Today there are just over 100 acres of vineyards, and Gary’s grandchildren [who grew up working in the vineyards] are managing the export side of the winery, establishing themselves as the 5th generation of the Pillitteri winemaking family. Alongside their renowned Icewine, [which is currently receiving many accolades in the UK] the estate also crafts traditional Niagara wines such as Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of dusty earth, dark berries, toasty oak and floral hints. Tasting very similar to the aromas, although with more berry fruit and a hint of granite minerals. The lengthy finish of crushed white peppercorn and toasted oak provides an interesting contrast to the silky fruit in the light body. Super easy drinking with a moderate alcohol content, this is fantastic on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.
Blend of Pinot Noir and Merlot [I was not able to confirm varietels or percentages]
$10 [Canadian Dollars]