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2012 Pinot Noir VQA Four Mile Creek

2012 Pinot Noir VQA Four Mile Creek by Stanners Vineyard
2012_Pinot_Noir_VQA_Four_Mile_Creek by Stanners Vineyard
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The grapes for this lovely Pinot are from a single vineyard in the Four Mile Creek sub-appellation of the Niagara Peninsula. The vineyard receives warm daytime temperatures with cool nights, great for developing ripe flavours while still maintaining the acidity necessary for well-structured Pinot Noir. The grapes were destemmed to whole berries and fermented for about two weeks. Punchdowns were done by hand two to three times a day. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak, and is unfiltered. It was bottled on October 30, 2014. Flavours of cherry and vanilla with well-balanced fine grained tannins providing a long finish. Perfect with duck or pork tenderloin. 210 cases produced.

Stanners Vineyard was founded by Cliff and Dorothy Stanners and their son Colin and daughter-in-law Mary Macdonald. We developed a deep love of wine through tasting and making wine for years as amateurs – Cliff and Dorothy in Montreal, and Colin and Mary in Northern California.

While on a tandem cycling trip, Cliff and Dorothy discovered the serene beauty that Prince Edward County offers and were excited to learn that it was a promising, and very intriguing, wine growing region. When we first were tasting wines from the original County producers we were struck by all the fractured limestone in the region’s shallow soil and how it imparted minerality, bright fruit flavours, and complexity to the wines. There was a clear sense that this was a truly unique region, which seemed ideally suited for exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After much research and despite the crazy necessity to protect the vines from winter cold by burying canes from every plant under a hill of dirt, we chose our spot, purchased 25 acres in 2003 and started planting in 2005!

Now we have about 19,000 vines on 7.5 acres. The vines are planted close together at high density in order to encourage the roots to grow down deep into the fractured limestone and so that each vine need only produce a small number of clusters, giving more concentrated flavours in the fruit. Our vines are managed using sustainable practices – we basically follow organic principles but will use non-organic sprays if it is required to save our crop. An enormous amount of hand labour goes into the training, pruning and canopy management of the vines, and harvest is done entirely by hand.

Colin’s approach to making wine is traditional, non-interventionist, and patient, resulting in artisanal, award winning wines of exceptional quality. Our hope is that the unique conditions for each vintage can be discerned in the flavours of our wine as they evolve in your glass. We invite you to share in our enjoyment of wine.


Cliff, Dorothy, Colin and Mary

Stanners Vineyard from Hillier, ON

Stanners VineyardHillier, ON

Stanners Vineyard was founded by Cliff and Dorothy Stanners and their son Colin and daughter-in-law Mary Macdonald. We developed a deep love of wine through tasting and making wine for years as amateurs – Cliff and Dorothy in Montreal, and Colin an

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