What’s in a barrel? Exploring barrel difference with Southbrook Vineyards.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Vendange Institute – 440 Albert Street Suite C108

In a continuation of the Guild’s exploration of some of Ontario’s unique wineries and vineyards (e.g. Lowrey Vinyard tasting last October and Pearl-Morissette in February), the Guild has been able to source five Chardonnays and eight Cabernet Francs from Southbrook Vineyards that all come from their vineyards at Niagara-on-the-Lake (Four-mile Creek subappelation). All of the wines are from the same vintage (2013) and vineyard and all were made by Ann Sperling. In addition, all wines were hand harvested and natural fermented (wild yeast).

The variations are:

2013 Estate Chardonnay selections: ‘ Wild Ferment’, ‘Vosges’, ‘Jubilees’, ‘Alliers’ and ‘Moon Barrel’;

2013 Estate Cabernet Franc selections: ‘101’ [9% new oak] , ‘201’ [75% new oak] ’Vosges’, ‘Bertranges’, ‘Colbert’, ‘Revelation’, ‘Moon Barrel’ and ‘Missouri’.

Here is a website that describes the Revelation barrel: http://www.tonnellerieradoux.com/pdf/PR_REVELATIONToast.pdf

I have no idea what a Moon Barrel is, but I’m curious to find out.

Please join Southbrook’s director of Marketing and Sales, Paul DeCampo to explore another fascinating Niagara winery and to learn how barrels affect the flavor of wine, as we taste through this unique collection of wines.

As mentioned in the title, as a bonus extra to this tasting, at the end we’ll taste three new wines by Derek Barnett (formerly of Lailey vineyards) that he has made as a virtual winery.