The Speck Family Reserves hail from the estate’s oldest vineyards in the Short Hills Bench, shovel planted by the Speck Brothers starting in 1988. These thirty-plus-year-old vines are among Canada’s oldest of any consequence. This age further restricts the yield per vine while adding in even more complexity of flavour. Typically the SFR wines are composed from their most interesting, dry-farmed vineyards, which enjoy southern exposure. All vines are clonally selected except in a few special cases where the plantings are old enough to predate this practice, making these unique vineyard blocks an opportunity to add qualities that cannot easily be reproduced.
2012 was a vintage of the decade for reds, the best year since 1998. The summer was long, warm and dry, creating excellent ripeness and sugar levels.
Taking home GOLD at the 2015 Wine Align National Wine Awards, this wine displays a wonderful concentration of dense brambly fruit (raspberry, blackberry and currant) while the palate shows staunch structure within a velvet glove. A wine worthy of long cellar aging.
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Producer||Henry Of Pelham|
|Region||Canada (Canada), Niagara (Canada), Ontario (Canada)|
|Alcohol||13.5% alc. / vol.|
|Style||Warm and spicy reds|
|Grapes||100% Pinot Noir|
|Food Pairing||Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables|
|Descriptors||Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral|
|Price of Case||US$208.50|
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