Rennie Estate Winery Brochure_January 2014

Terroir Focused Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Super Niagara Assemblage
Graham Rennie
Proprietor & Vigneron, Rennie Estate Winery
(416) 434-9042
[email protected]
Rennie Estate Winery
Who We Are
Micro Vintners who own a 50 acre Grand Cru vineyard on the Beamsville Bench
Our Mission
To craft small lot, artisanal wine that reflects the best expression of our estate terroir
What Differentiates Us
› Exceptional Geology and Mature Site: Our escarpment vineyard is one of the oldest in Niagara and was
replanted in 1999
› Unique Terroir: Ancient soils, considerable dolomite limestone deposits, calciferous clay and loam rich
soils on a naturally sloped bench.
› Micro Climate: The site is surrounded by the Niagara Escarpment Shield to the South and Lake Ontario to
the North providing constant air flow and protection during the spring and fall.
› Sustainable viticulture and low yields
› We hand pick only the best fruit from our 50 acre vineyard to produce 500 cases of small lot artisanal
› We craft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to reflect the “typicite” of our appellation and utilise old world
appassimento techniques to enhance the finesse, balance and extraction of our Bordeaux varietals
Gaia: Super Niagara Merlot
Signature Wine of Rennie Estate Winery
2010 Rennie Estate Winery – Gaia
Cases Produced: 122
Silver Medal at the 2012 InterVin International Wine
Gold Medal at the 2013 All Canadian Wine
“This is pretty exciting stuff, an extravagant wine made
in the appassimento style that is gaining favour in
Niagara. Rennie enlisted the help of the Vineland
Research Centre to perfect a method of drying that
slowly concentrates the grapes under perfect conditions.
The result is this extraordinary wine that has a meaty,
hedonistic nose with layers of highly extracted black
fruits, spice and Espresso notes that are revealed in layer
after layer. It is big, literally big, at 17% alcohol, but is
backed up by a wall of fruit, tannins and acidity to bring
it somewhat into balance.”
- Rick Van Sickle, Wine Writer, Wines of Niagara
Retail Price: $55.00
Licensee Price:$46.26
G: Super Niagara
Signature Wine of Rennie Estate Winery
2011 Rennie Estate Winery –
Cases Produced: 65
(92 points)
“To make this complicated wine, Rennie picks his Merlot
(50%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (both 25%) at
21 Brix. The three varieties spend 70 days in custom drying
racks (up to 35% loss of juice) to achieve a sweetness level of
29 Brix. The blend spends 18 months in a combination of new
and old oak and is finished at 16.5% alcohol. To be perfectly
frank, it’s a big, huge wine, and you need to know that right
off the bat. It’s dark, almost opaque in the glass and throws
off big aromas of crushed black currants, thick blackberry
compote, caramel, oak stylings, vanilla toast, forest floor and
dried herbs. On the palate, it’s rich and unctuous with an
array of highly extracted fruit flavours including currants,
plums, cherries, sultana raisins and bolstered by vanillanutmeg-cinnamon spices, earth and medicinal herbs. The
tannins are evident, but not overly aggressive. In all, it’s a big,
powerful wine with the fruit to stand up to 16.5% alcohol and
enough acidity to maintain a modicum of freshness. A wine to
hold for a few years to come.”
- Rick Van Sickle, Wine Writer, Wines of Niagara
Retail Price: $55.00
Licensee Price:$46.26
Scarpa:Super Niagara Ripasso-Style Wine
2010 Rennie Estate Winery – Scarpa
Cases Produced: 95
Bronze Medal at the 2012 InterVin International Wine
“A Ripasso-style Bordeaux blend of cabs sauvignon and
franc blended with the skins of appassimento‘d merlot.
On the nose, a kind of charcoal/burnt sugar, smoked
meat and aged cheese aroma profile (complex, to say the
least.) This is a big, beefy wine with all sorts of attitude,
peppery flavours and muscular tannins. Could easily
handle five years aging or at least two hours of
decanting if you want to drink it now.”
-Bethany Harpur, Wine Writer, Second Ferment
Retail Price: $40.00
Licensee Price: $33.60
Scarpata: Super Niagara Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Rennie Estate Winery – Scarpata
Cases Produced: 43
(91 points)
“This is Rennie’s Ripasso style wine made from Cabernet
Sauvignon grapes and blended with the skins of the
appassimento “G” wine made up of the dried Merlot, Cab
Sauv and Cab Franc grapes. The nose is expressive with
black currants, cherry kirsch, Christmas pudding,
blackberry liqueur and rousing spice notes. This is all
about concentrated currants, red fruits, baking spices,
gritty tannins and length through the finish.”
- Rick Van Sickle, Wine Writer, Wines of Niagara
Retail Price: $45.00
Licensee Price: $37.80
Christine Chardonnay Reserve
2010 Rennie Estate Winery – Christine
Chardonnay Reserve
Cases Produced: 135
Bronze Medal at the 2012 InterVin International Wine
Double Gold at the 2013 All Canadian Wine
“I was very impressed with the wines but none more so
than the 2010 Rennie Wines “Christine Chardonnay” that
was produced under your hands-on guidance at Angels
Gate. It was truly exceptional and unequivocally ranks
among the three best Canadian chardonnays I have ever
had the pleasure of tasting.... In a blind tasting, I could
easily mistake it for a Chassagne Montrachet from
Burgundy – no feint praise! It was truly sensational and
will remain, for me, a benchmark of what the varietal is
capable of in Canada.”
-Ivan Ivankovich, Wine Writer, Western Canada
Retail Price:$35.00
Licensee Price:$29.38
Christine Chardonnay Unfiltered
2011 Rennie Estate Winery – Christine
Chardonnay Unfiltered
Cases Produced: 43
(91 points)
“Made from the best parcels of Chard at Heron Pond and
aged for 15 months in French oak, 50% of which is new.
It’s made unfiltered. The nose is expressive with tropical
fruits, pear, pineapple and lovely integrated oak and
vanilla spice. It has gorgeous depth of flavour on the
palate with toasted oak, spice, sweet vanilla and perky
acidity to lift the flavours through the finish.”
- Rick Van Sickle, Wine Writer, Wines of Niagara
Retail Price:$35.00
Licensee Price:$29.38
Paradox Pinot Noir Reserve
2010 Rennie Estate Winery – Paradox Pinot Noir
Cases Produced: 122
Gold medal at the 2012 InterVin International Wine
2012 SOSA Best Pinot in Ontario Award
Double Gold at the 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships
“Rennie’s Pinot is classic Beamsville Bench with a nose that
shows beetroot, black cherry, cranberries, earth and lavish
spice accents. It is a young wine, still evolving, with the
toasted cran-cherry and vanilla notes coming together with
the core of spice and minerals. Tuck this away for two or
- Rick Van Sickle, Wine Writer, Wines of Niagara
Retail Price: $40.00
Licensee Price:$33.60
Paradox Pinot Noir
2011 Rennie Estate Winery – Paradox Pinot Noir
Cases Produced: 100
(90 points)
2013 SOSA Best Pinot in Ontario Award
“The 2011 Pinot shows lovely cherry-raspberry fruit on the
nose with cedar, vanilla and light spice in a pretty and
perfumed style. It’s medium-bodied on the palate with
elegant red fruit, toasted spices, a touch of anise and all
delivered on a silky, smooth finish. My kind of Pinot”
- Rick Van Sickle, Wine Writer, Wines of Niagara
Retail Price: $40.00
Licensee Price:$33.60
Heron Pond Benchland Vineyard-Premium Vineyard Site and Ancient Soils
Passing directly through the Beamsville Bench appellation is the Niagara Escarpment, rising to some 335m
above sea level. This north-facing cliff formation is the essence of the appellation, providing the slopes and
elevations which assist breeze and lake effects to provide benefits to this unique sub-appellation.
The constant circulation of off-shore breezes between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, profoundly
moderates seasonal temperatures across the Bench. In fall, breezes from the summer-warmed Lake waters
raise land temperatures and prevent cold air from settling in lower-lying areas, and extend the growing
season well into fall. In spring, breezes from the winter-cooled Lake slow down spring warming, holding back
the development of fruit buds until the danger of late spring frosts has passed and ensuring an even start to
the season. These lake effects create remarkable flavor and aromatics to Bench vineyards.
Over the last 200,000 years, the Niagara Peninsula experienced several glacial and interglacial events that
eroded and shaped the layers of sedimentary rock and ancient reef structures of the Niagara Escarpment.
This extensive glacial history in the region also gave way to complex soil compositions in the area between
the Escarpment and Lake Ontario, where thick layers of clay are permeated with limestone, silts and sands.
Heron Pond Benchland Vineyard Photographs
Limestone rich Niagara Escarpment Shield
surrounds the vineyard with Lake Ontario
providing a unique micro-climate.
Complexity, power and flavour concentration
from unique terroir, sustainable viticulture
and low yields.
Warm days and cool nights
during harvest create wines of great structure
and finesse with long aging potential.
Naturally sloped benchland site provides
improved water and cold air drainage
resulting in healthy vines.
Hand harvest Merlot
Spectacular daytime view of the City of
Toronto from Heron Pond Benchland

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