Derek Barnett

 

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Meldville Cherry Blossoms

"This story begins with my childhood home in Swinford, England, affectionately named Meldville. Always encouraged to be true to my nature growing up, I’ve adopted the same philosophy in winemaking. Wines are crafted in a time honoured way with little intervention, a key to open the narrative and allow the vines to tell their own story."

-Derek Barnett

Meldville Garden
Meldville Home
Meldville Grape Vines
Meldville Cherry Blossom

Meldville Wines specializes in small batch, limited edition wines created by renowned winemaker, Derek Barnett. Derek began making wine in 1991 and focuses on premium vinifera varietals that grow best in Niagara's vineyards. His well structured, food-friendly VQA wines are available for purchase on-line or in person at Legends Estate Winery in Beamsville, Ontario. You will also find Meldville Wines at select home-grown, boutique restaurants in the following regions:

Meldville Signature
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Bird
About Meldville
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird
Meldville Wines
Meldville Cherry Blossoms

winemaker's notes:

The growing season was changeable with a wet June followed by a dryer than normal July. August and September were almost perfect with beautiful warm conditions, producing fruit with wonderful balance and flavours. Grapes were crushed and destemmed before a gentle pressing. The juice was cool settled before transfer in to small French and Canadian oak barrels for fermenting. Selected yeasts were used for a slow, cool ferment. The wine lees were stirred weekly for three months to develop a beautiful texture and balance in the wine. Following seven months in barrel, the wine was racked from the lees and transferred to tank, after which it was filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes:

Crisp yellow and white fruit on the nose with some spice notes and just a hint of fresh spring flowers.  The palate has a rich texture that is balance by fine acidity with flavours of baked apple and white peach finishing with a hint of citrus. Barrel aging echoes the spice notes on the finish. A wonderful wine to pair with rich creamy pastas and butter based fish or fowl. Serve only slightly chilled, cellar temperature, to allow all the intense and opulent aromas and flavours in the wine to emerge.

Chardonnay 2015

gold Medal
Ontario Wine Awards 2017

Bronze Medal
InterVin International Wine Awards 2016

 

Harvest Date: October 23

Brix at harvest: 22.3

pH: 3.36

TA: 7.0

Production: 3600 bottles

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CONNECTED

Meldville Blossoms

sauvignon blanc 2015

Bronze Medal
InterVin International Wine Awards 2016

 

Harvest Date: October 15

Brix at harvest: 23.7

pH: 3.14

TA: 7.5

Production: 2800 bottles

 

cabernet franc 2013

Bronze Medal
InterVin International Wine Awards 2016

 

Harvest Date: October 29

Brix at harvest: 23

pH: 3.55

TA: 6.1

Production: 984 bottles

cabernet franc 2015

silver Medal
WineAlign 2017 National Wine
Awards of Canada

Harvest Date: October 27

Brix at harvest: 22.3

pH: 3.5

TA: 6.5

Production: 3000 bottles

 

sauvignon blanc 2016

Harvest Date:
September 15 / October 10

Average brix at harvest: 21

pH: 3.18

TA: 6.12

Production: 4800 bottles

 

Meldville Cherry Blossoms

winemaker's notes:

Winter and early spring were relatively mild with not a lot of moisture, this was followed by a much drier than normal weather pattern and significantly warmer temperatures. This was a trend that continued throughout the growing season. Very little rain throughout the summer was quite a concern by mid August. With all this great weather harvest started early, the weather cooperated through September and October, fruit quality was amazing. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested at two different times -  early to maintain the  fresh acidity with bright citrus flavours, the second harvest, some three weeks later giving much more tropical fruit character and a softer, round  texture, with a lower acidity. The grapes were destemmed and crushed before pressing, the juice was then fermented in both stainless steel tanks (80%) and neutral French oak barrels (20%) using a selected yeast  Following an extended time on its lees, with some stirring, the wine was racked and prepared for filtration and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

This  Sauvignon Blanc is showing aromas and flavours  of yellow apple, melon and just a touch of white pepper, there is a rich texture that is well balanced with acidity and  some citrus notes on the finish.

winemaker's notes:

Harvested in perfect conditions, due to a warm summer with significant moisture, followed by a great fall and harvest period that allowed the grapes ripened to perfection. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were destemmed and crushed as soon as possible to retain the fresh fruit character in the juice. Once the juice settled, it was racked to stainless steel tanks where selected yeasts were added. Fermentation was slow, due to cool 15 degree C temperatures following an extended time on its lees, the wine was then racked and prepared for filtration and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

An elegant style of Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of white flowers and ripe stone fruit with just a hint of green spice. Rich on the palate with beautiful white peach and nectarine flavours. The acidity is well balanced and there is a freshness of citrus and herbs on the finish. A great aperitif, paired with soft cheese, especially those made from goat milk. Fresh fish such as sea bass, or lightly sautéed scallops. Simply grilled chicken or pork.

Meldville Dragonfly
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Meldville Bird
Meldville Blossom
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Meldville Garden

VQA NIAGARA PENINSULA

Legends Estates Winery

4888 Ontario St. North, Beamsville

Ontario, L0R 1B3

Visit: www.legendsestates.com

E-mail: info@legendsestates.com

Phone: 905-563-6500

meldville wines

E-mail: info@meldvillewines.com

Phone: 905-980-9003

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winemaker's notes:

A fairly mild winter was followed by a cool, wet spring and some late frost, causing initial concern for Niagara winemakers. June and July however were very warm and just above average rainfall followed by a hot dry summer giving us excellent growing conditions. Harvest slowed in October due to some wet days, pushing the harvest of late-ripening varieties into late in the month and even early November. Grapes were crushed and destemmed before transfer to fermentation tanks with yeasts were selected to bring out the fresh red fruit character and spicy nature of a cool climate Cabernet Franc. After 23 days of skin contact, the wine was gently pressed off the skins, returned to tank for settling before being transferred to barrels. This wine was then barrel-aged for 30 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

An elegant and very pretty wine with aromas and flavours of ripe cherry and raspberry with a hint of cedar, tobacco and lovely savoury notes. The palate has a beautiful texture with soft, chalky tannins that lead to a long finish. A wine that will match perfectly with fresh Ontario lamb or Muscovy duck dressed with a local berry based compote. Also a great wine to enjoy after a meal with aged cheddars or creamy blues.

winemaker's notes:

The weather was very up and down in late winter and spring with wild swings in temperatures. A wet June was followed by a very dry July, but, all in all the growing season was very good. A near perfect fall season gave us ripe, balanced fruit at harvest time. After harvesting the grapes were destemmed and crushed and left to cold soak for 4 days before, extracting colour and flavour from the skins before fermentation. After 24 days on the skins the wine was pressed off into tank to settle before it was racked into barrel. the wine was then left to mature over the next 13 months in older French oak barrels before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Deep rich red colour with aromas of crushed raspberries and red plum with just a hint of purple flowers. The palate has good texture with ripe raspberry and black cherry with a hint of chocolate and sweet vanilla notes. A freshness of acidity on the finish that is balanced beautifully by soft tannins.

Meldville Cherry Blossoms

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Meldville Garden
Meldville Grape Vines
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Bird
About Meldville
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird
Meldville Wines
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Blossom

Meldville Bird
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms

Meldville Wines specializes in small batch, limited edition wines created by renowned winemaker, Derek Barnett. Derek began making wine in 1991 and focuses on premium vinifera varietals that grow best in Niagara's vineyards. His well structured, food-friendly VQA wines are available for purchase on-line or in person at Legends Estate Winery in Beamsville, Ontario. You will also find Meldville Wines at select home-grown, boutique restaurants in the following regions:

Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Garden
Meldville Home
Meldville Grape Vines
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird
About Meldville
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird
Meldville Bird
Meldville Wines
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Blossom

Contact Meldville
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Home
Meldville Grape Vines
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Bird
About Meldville
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird
Meldville Wines
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Bird
Meldville Bird
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Bird
Meldville Phone
Contact Meldville
Meldville Blossom

Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Home
Meldville Grape Vines
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Bird
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Wines
Meldville Cherry Blossoms

Chardonnay 2015

GOLD MEDAL
Ontario Wine Awards 2017

Bronze Medal
InterVin International
Wine Awards 2016

 

Harvest Date: October 23

Brix at harvest: 22.3

pH: 3.36

TA: 7.0

Production: 3600 bottles

cabernet franc 2013

Bronze Medal
InterVin International
Wine Awards 2016

 

Harvest Date: October 29

Brix at harvest: 23

pH: 3.55

TA: 6.1

Production: 984 bottles

Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Bird
Meldville Bird
Meldville Garden

sauvignon blanc 2015

Bronze Medal
InterVin International
Wine Awards 2016

 

Harvest Date: October 15

Brix at harvest: 23.7

pH: 3.14

TA: 7.5

Production: 2800 bottles

Meldville Phone
Contact Meldville

Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Garden
Meldville Home
Meldville Signature
About Meldville
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Grape Vines
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird
Meldville Bird
Meldville Wines

Meldville Wines specializes in small batch, limited edition wines created by renowned winemaker, Derek Barnett. Derek began making wine in 1991 and focuses on premium vinifera varietals that grow best in Niagara's vineyards. His well structured, food-friendly VQA wines are available for purchase on-line or in person at Legends Estate Winery in Beamsville, Ontario.  You will also find Meldville Wines at select home-grown, boutique restaurants in the following regions:

Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Blossoms

cabernet franc 2015

silver Medal
WineAlign 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada

Harvest Date: October 27

Brix at harvest: 22.3

pH: 3.5

TA: 6.5

Production: 3000 bottles

 

Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Dragonfly
Meldville Bird
Meldville Bird
Meldville Garden
Meldville Bird
Meldville Phone
Contact Meldville

Meldville Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossom