Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery is an artisanal winery dedicated to producing ultra premium wines solely from vineyards situated within the Beamsville Bench VQA sub- appellation of Ontario. They have in the last few years produced a number of award winning wines For exsample the Thirty Bench 2013 Small Lot Wild Cask Riesling, a Gold medal winner at 2015 Canadian Championships and the Gewurztraminer 2013.
Thirty Benches winemaker is Marlize Beyers.
Marlize joined the Hidden Bench team in the Spring of 2010 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience about making premium wine in Niagara, and internationally. Due to the amazing cellar of wines the Locust LAne Vineyard Pinot Noir does not it the attension it deserves. Its a beautiful wine.
The vines for this wine were meticulously maintained to maximize fruit ripening. Bunches were exposed to direct sunlight through leaf removal to promote maturation and flavour development. 'Green Harvest' was performed at the first sign of 'veraison'. As a result of the warm and dry growing season, yields were low; only 33.4hL per hectare (or 2.06 tonnes per acre). Low yields encourage ripening, flavour concentration and expression of our Beamsville Bench terroir.
The grapes were hand-picked, sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 5-tonne oak fermenters and then chilled for 7 days - this cold-soak encourages fruit flavours and colour enhancement. The wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and the skins were hand-plunged three to four times a day during fermentation to balance extraction with finesse in the finished wine.
Gravity was used to directly fill barrels at the end of fermentation and the skins were hand-plunged three to four times a day during fermentation to balance extraction with finesse in the finished wine.
Gravity was used to directly fill barrels at the end of fermentation and the skins were gently pressed in a traditional basket press. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrel and was complete in January 2012
Aromas of of black cherry and plum that leads to a trace of sweetness with dark chocolate and blackberries on the palate. The finish is smooth.