Thirty Bench 2005 Rose Pinot Meunier
1.5 acres of Pinot Meunier are grown at Thirty Bench (heck I think maybe 1.5 acres of Pinot Meunier are grown in Ontario), but the one five combination does not stop there. The grapes have been growing in the “back part of the vineyard” for about 15 years. For those not familiar with Pinot Meunier, it is the third grape used in Champagne, and a grape variety rarely mentioned because it is blended in such a small quantity … what’s more it’s one grape that is rarely, if ever, seen on it’s own, especially as a still table wine … and specifically as a rose. For those expecting sweet in their pink, move on, this one has been born and bred fairly dry, with cranberry, raspberry and strawberry on the nose. The taste is tart and tangy, drier than the fruity nose indicates, with a lingering finish of rhubarb. Delightfully refreshing when served chilled.
Other Red Varieties
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery only

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