Black Bank Hill 2021 Runway White, Lincoln Lakeshore VQA

Black Bank Hill 2021 Runway White, Lincoln Lakeshore VQA

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An appealing, aromatic white blend composed 100% of grapes grown in the Black Bank Hill vineyard, hand-picked and estate bottled.   The wine is composed of 46% Viognier, 26% Gewürztraminer, 17% Chardonnay, and 11% Chenin Blanc.

Lemon curd, nectarine, honeysuckle, orange liqueur, hay, caraway seed. A subtle oak component adds roundness, depth and the warming influence of baking spices on the palate.   A pleasing creaminess on the mid-palate from partial malolactic fermentation, with the Chenin contributing freshness, citrus and acidity to the finish.

The four wines were fermented and aged separately, the Viognier and Chardonnay in neutral French oak barrels with 18-months élevage on lees. The wine was blended in the spring of 2023 with 2.2 g/L residual sugar and 13.0% abv.   Bottled and lightly filtered 3 May 2023. 198 cases made.

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Independent Wine Reviews

Tony Aspler, Runway White 2021 (90 points) (The Runway White and Red are blends, paying homage to the aerodrome that used to be on the property.) 46% Viognier, 26% Gewürztraminer, 17% Chardonnay, and 11% Chenin Blanc. Pale straw in colour; spicy, toasty, peachy nose; medium to full-bodied, dry, spicy, peachy flavour, round mouth feel. (Tasted March 2024)

Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara, Runway White 2021 (89 points):The blend is 46% Viognier, 26% Gewürztraminer, 17% Chardonnay and 11% Chenin Blanc, all estate fruit, all hand-picked, with both the Viognier and Chardonnay components barrel fermented and aged in used French oak barrels. It’s highly aromatic with notes of ripe pear, apricots, white peach, honeysuckle, yellow apple, and spicy accents. On the palate it has a lovely, rounded texture, some viscosity, ripe stone fruits, juicy apricots, and spice with a fairly bright finish. A nice, food-friendly white for summer. (Tasted May 2024)

Louise Boutin,, 2021 Runway White (90 points): This is an uncommon blend of barrel fermented viognier and chardonnay combined with stainless-steel fermented gewürztraminer and chenin blanc surprisingly getting along pretty well. While the French oak barrels were pre-used, they still convey quite a bit of nice wood character noticeable on the first nose—vanilla, caramel, spices—requiring extra swirling for the peach and citrus aromas to emerge. The palate is concentrated and rich with stone fruit flavours, salted butter character lifted with bright citrus acidity and kicks of spicy ginger lingering in the finish and aftertaste. Definitely an intriguing medium-full-bodied white to discover. Baked ham with cauliflower au gratin or butternut squash ravioli would make excellent pairings. (Tasted May 2024)