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chardonnay 2017

Harvest Date: October 19

Average brix at harvest: 22

pH: 3.47

TA: 6.3

Production: 4400 bottles

 

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

winemaker's notes:

Following a long cool and moist growing season giving lots of concerns with disease pressures. Following that  there was the most amazing late summer and fall. Long hot and sunny days with temperatures in to the 30.C range, this gave us an amazing stretch of weather to catch up and enjoy an extended ripening period. At harvest the grapes had intense flavours with balanced sugar and acid.

Grapes were harvested by hand and in great condition, they were crushed and destemmed before a gentle pressing. The wine was then cold settled before being transferred to French oak barrels (30% new) for fermentation. Selected yeasts were used to ferment this wine giving forward tropical flavours and bright acidity. Wine lees were stirred weekly for 3 months following fermentation, building texture and balance in the wine. Malolactic ferment was completed in barrel.  Wine was racked from barrel in mid August, settled in tank before being filtered and bottled.

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of white peach, apricot and pear with lemon notes that carry through on the palate. A nice core of acidity is balancing the rich and creamy texture. An elegant wine that finishes  with citrus notes and hints of caramel and toffee. This wine will drink well now and will also cellar for the next 4-6 years.

Meldville Blossoms
Meldville Cherry Blossom
Meldville Bird

winemaker's notes:

Following a long cool and moist growing season giving lots of concerns with disease pressures there was the most amazing late summer and fall. Long hot and sunny days with temperatures in to the 30.C range gave us an amazing period to catch up and enjoy an extended ripening period, giving grapes with balanced sugar and acid and lots of flavour.

Grapes were hand picked from two vineyard sites in Niagara on the Lake and Vineland. Wines from each site were kept separate through fermentation and aging, they were blended just before bottling.

Fermentation was done in small bins with manual punch downs 2-3 times daily, after 21 days on skins the wine was pressed from the skins, moved in to once filled, small French oak barrels for aging. After 10 months in the barrel the wines were racked to stainless steel tanks for fining and were filtered prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Dark, rich colour with aromas of ripe cherry and raspberry with a sweet floral note. The palate is dry with red fruit flavours, spice and some earthy notes of beets and black olive. The tannins are balanced and there is a good balance of acid. The wine finishes with a fresh citrus note.

Perfect for pairing with planked salmon or mushroom risotto

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.

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

 

winemaker's notes:

Following a cool, wet growing season with many challenges with humidity and rains the sun finally shone on the vineyards in August and on in to the fall with many days in September reaching 30.C giving us great opportunity to let grapes hang a mature to perfect ripeness in the Sauvignon Blanc.

Two pickings of grapes – the first when the grapes had good ripeness with a fresh acid balance, these grapes were skin soaked for 36 hours before pressing, giving a more intense green character, extracting a citrus peel note and an edge of bitterness (in a nice way). After pressing off, the settled juice was racked to barrel for fermentation and aging.

 The second pick brought ripe white and yellow fruit flavour to the wine with a softer feel. These grapes were harvested and pressed right away, maintaining the freshness. The juice was cold settled for 3 days before racking off the heavy sediment where it was then inoculated with a selected yeast. Ferment was cool and slow, extracting beautiful ripe tree fruit aromas. The wine remained on the fine lees after ferment with lees stirring for following 2 months.  The wines were blended together prior to filtering and bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Beautiful aromatics showing tree fruit, melon and grassy notes with a floral note of blue flowers, the palate has flavours of apples, kiwi, lime and white grapefruit. Also a  herbal note and  a nice minerality too. There is a wonderful texture that carries this wine in the mid palette and the wine finishes with a big note of citrus peel. Serve this wine with asparagus  or pea-shoot dishes, would also pair really well with lighter fish dishes, oysters or some grilled squid.

pinot noir 2017

Harvest Date: October 4 - 8

Brix at harvest: 21

pH: 3.5

TA: 6.2

Production: 2004 bottles

 

Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Garden
Meldville Bird
Meldville Bird
Meldville Cherry Blossoms
Meldville Dragonfly

sauvignon blanc 2017

Harvest Date:
September 6 & 18

Average brix at harvest: 20.7

pH: 3.35

TA: 6.3

Production: 6708 bottles

 

winemaker's notes:

Following a fairly mild and dry winter the spring of 2016 was quite variable, with big swings in temperatures but very little rain. The summer was very warm and dry but with deep rooted vines there was very little drought stress in this mature chardonnay vineyard. Warm and dry conditions continued through September and October giving us some great conditions for harvesting these grapes.

Grapes were harvested by hand, crushed and destemmed before pressing. The wine was settled before being transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation (all barrels were 3 years old). The wine was fermented at cool temperatures using a select yeast. Malolactic ferment was not completed leaving this wine with freshness in this warmer than usual vintage. The finished wine was left to rest on its lees with minimal stirring for 17 months before racking to stainless steel tank. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

The wine has beautiful aromas of ripe apple and pear with white peach notes. The palate has good texture with flavours of ripe white fleshed fruit, some spice and gentle oak notes. There is a fresh core of acidity that carries the flavours on a long finish with light citrus notes.

winemaker's notes:

Following a fairly mild and dry winter the spring of 2016 was quite variable, with big swings it temperatures but very little rain. The summer was very warm and dry but with deep rooted vines there was very little drought stress in this mature chardonnay vineyard. Warm and dry conditions continued through September and October giving us some great conditions for harvesting these grapes.

Grapes were harvested by hand, crushed and destemmed before pressing. The wine was then settled before being transferred to Canadian oak barrels for fermentation (two new barrels and two 3 year old barrels). After a long ferment at cool temperatures using a selected yeast, this wine was left to rest on its lees with minimal stirring for 9 months before racking to stainless steel tank. The wine was filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

The wine has an intense aroma of pineapple and coconut, with hints of citrus peel. The palate has a beautiful richness that carries the flavours of roasted pineapples, baked apple and coconut spice. A fine balance of acidity leading to a finish of ripe, red citrus fruits.

winemaker's notes:

Growing conditions throughout the spring and summer were dry and very warm through May to late August giving great optimism for the harvest of 2018. Late August and in to September was extremely hot, this produced severe thunderstorms with some very heavy rains. The humidity levels remained high throughout September giving some concern for breakdown in many varieties of grapes.  Cabernet Franc for this wine was grown along the shores of Lake Ontario, cooler nights and light lake breezes help maintain fresh acidity and bright fruit flavours in the grapes.

The grapes were harvested in good condition, crushed and destemmed before being pumped to tank. The must was kept cool for 48 hrs before 20% of the juice was racked from the skins, transferred to tank for fermentation using a selected yeast.  A cool fermentation helped keep the flavours fresh and balanced.

Tasting Notes:

A pale cherry skin colour with orange hues, the aromas and flavours are of wild strawberry and raspberry, a dry wine with a rich texture on the mid palate, a balanced acidity brings a mouth-watering finish with a red citrus note.

Pair this wine with a warm sunny day and a charcuterie board, or maybe a grilled white fish. This wine can also be enjoyed just by itself with good friends.

winemaker's notes:

Following a mild and dry winter the spring of 2016 was quite variable, with big swings in temperatures but very little rain. The summer was very warm and dry, but with deep rooted vines there was very little drought stress in this mature Syrah vineyard. Warm and dry conditions continued through September and October giving us some great conditions for harvesting these grapes.

Grapes were hand harvested on a beautiful sunny day in late October, crushed and destemmed before fermentation in small bins. Punched down by hand twice daily, extracting rich dark colour from the skins as well as intense flavours and some soft chalky tannin. After 20 days on skins the wine was pressed off the skins, settled in tank before transfer to barrel for completion of malolactic ferment. The wine was coarsely filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Dark purple colour with dark ripe fruit aromas with a hint of licorice and anise, a pretty floral, blue flower note too. Palate shows some spicy dark fruit with just a touch of vanilla, reminds me a lot of Mom’s Christmas cake. Nice balance of acidity with a citrus note on the finish.

chardonnay 2016

barrel select

gold Medal
Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada

Harvest Date: October 15

Brix at harvest: 22.8

pH: 3.35

TA: 6.7

Production: 1296 bottles

syrah 2016

honour roll (bronze medal)
InterVin International Wine Awards 2017

Harvest Date: October 29

Brix at harvest: 23

pH: 3.48

TA: 6.2

Production: 552 bottles

 

chardonnay 2016

canadian oak

Harvest Date: October 14

Brix at harvest: 22.8

pH: 3.4

TA: 6.8

Production: 1380 bottles

 

cabernet franc rosé 2018

Harvest Date: October 23

Brix at harvest: 21.8

pH: 3.4

TA: 6.7

Production: 1296 bottles

 

Meldville Bird
Meldville Blossom
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Meldville Blossom
Meldville Garden
Meldville Grape Vines

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

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

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

pinot noir 2017

Harvest Date: October 4 - 8

Brix at harvest: 21

pH: 3.5

TA: 6.2

Production: 2004 bottles

Meldville Garden

Chardonnay 2016

canadian oak

 

Harvest Date: October 29

Brix at harvest: 23

pH: 3.48

TA: 6.2

Production: 552 bottles

syrah 2016

honour roll (bronze medal)
InterVin International
Wine Awards 2017

 

Harvest Date: October 29

Brix at harvest: 23

pH: 3.48

TA: 6.2

Production: 552 bottles

Meldville Cherry Blossom

chardonnay 2016

BARREL SELECT

 

gold medal
Wine Align National Wine
Awards of Canada

 

Harvest Date: October 15

Brix at harvest: 22.8

pH: 3.35

TA: 6.7

Production: 1296 bottles

Meldville Cherry Blossoms

cabernet franc rosé 2018

Harvest Date: October 23

Brix at harvest: 21.8

pH: 3.4

TA: 6.7

Production: 1296 bottles

 

Meldville Phone
Contact Meldville

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

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

Meldville Blossom
Meldville Cherry Blossom