The textbook precision, purity and brightness of the wines by Emma Garner continually catch the eye of wine judges both in Canada and abroad. In blind tasting at the 2019 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada, Thirty Bench took 11 medals, including three golds. In fact, it has finished in the top 15 wineries in the country for the last five years, coming second in 2017. Overseas, its rieslings shine in competitions and its 2015 Small Lot Cabernet Franc was named Best of Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards – a shocker for all concerned. What began as a funky, experimental boutique estate in 1994, based on riesling planted in the early 1980s, has matured into a well-honed, yet still somehow under-the-radar property. We are delighted to offer a glimpse of stunning old vine rieslings and impressive reds.
HERE’S WHAT ‘S IN YOUR MIXED 6 PACK:
NV Sparkling Riesling | 91 points ($38.95)
With old vine riesling at the heart of Thirty Bench, it is no surprise that this is one of the best traditional method riesling sparklers in Niagara, if not all of Canada. Aged on its lees for only 11 months, there’s just a hint of toasty complexity. It is driven by green apple and lime zest with a subtle honeyed note – a straight arrow, electric, dry sparkler.
2017 Small Lot Riesling Triangle Vineyard | 93 points ($29.95)
From a triangular-shaped vineyard block planted in 1980, this is the lightest, most tender and juiciest riesling in the impressive Thirty Bench riesling portfolio. At 9.9% alcohol, there is a certain Mosel-like finesse that I don’t often find in Canadian riesling. Complex green apple, vague honey, lemon-lime and flinty notes express purity start to finish and the depth is outstanding.
2017 Small Lot Gewurztraminer | 92 points ($29.95)
Very much worth that NWAC Gold, this is one of the finest gewurztraminers I have tasted from Niagara, mirroring a rich Alsatian version. It has all the markers – a billowing bouquet of lychee, orange rind, rose and nutmeg. It is full bodied, just off-dry, rich and viscous, yet braced by good acidity, which in my mind puts the rating over the top.
2017 Small Lot Pinot Noir | 92 points ($36.95)
I just love the aromatics of this 2017– lovely, classic, perfectly ripened strawberry/cherry jam fruit dressed neatly with cedar, nutmeg, toast and vanillin from ageing 12 months in French oak. It is mid-weight, warm and spicy with impressive flavour intensity and length. Tannins firm the finish, so either aerate an hour or two, or age it a year or two.
2017 Winemaker’s Red Blend | 90 points ($24.95)
This youthful blend of 43% cabernet sauvignon, 40% cabernet franc and 17% merlot is drinking very well for a young 2017. It is a lighter to mid-weight Niagara expression, but elegant and tensile, reminding me oddly of a Tuscan red. Flavours are quite rich with oak aplenty nicely balanced by ripe currant/raspberry fruit and herbs. Aerate an hour or so; will age well through 2025.
2016 Small Lot Cabernet Franc | 94 points ($75.20)
The previous vintage took a 97-Point Platinum Medal and Best in Class at the Decanter (Magazine) Wine Awards, and this is from an even warmer vintage. It was farmed organically, delivering added depth and veracity. Expect gorgeous aromas of raspberry fruit laced with fine herbs, tobacco and well integrated oak vanillin and spice. It is full bodied, rich yet lively and attenuated with firm tannin. Outstanding length. Aerate two to three hours, or age through 2030.
Mixed 6-bottle case of Thirty Bench wines
Only $235.95 including complimentary shipping
by Canada Post – within 5-7 business days of purchase
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ABOUT THE WINERY
Thirty Bench Wine Makers is a small lot winery on the Niagara Escarpment’s Beamsville Bench in Ontario. As one of Niagara’s first boutique wineries, it has been producing premium red and white wines from grapes grown exclusively in its own vineyards for over three decades. Winemaker Emma Garner’s signature style has caught the attention of wine critics and wine lovers alike. Thirty Bench wines are frequent national and international medal winners and in 2015, Thirty Bench was recognized with awards for Canada’s Small Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year. With a rustic, relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking views of rolling vineyards and Lake Ontario, Thirty Bench invites visitors to sit back, breathe it all in and get a true taste for the “Small Lot” life.
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