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Southbrook Vineyards Whimsy Syrah 2006

External Review by Appellation America:

Southbrook Winery moved from its north of Toronto location down to the Niagara Peninsula this year. It’s housed in a spectacular new facility that boasts a 205 meter wall painted periwinkle blue. The winery behind the eye-catching wall is all glass, and overlooks the vineyard. Winemaker Ann Sperling, formerly with Malivoire, has the perfect setting to show off her wines here. Owners Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier have introduced new labels to go with their sleek new winery. (The old winery was housed in a milk barn on the family farm surrounded by encroaching suburban development.) The emphasis at Southbrook is on Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends but the newly introduced Whimsy label allows Sperling free rein to ‘play’ with other varietals and chose the best single barrels for small lot production. This wine is 100 percent Syrah. It is deep ruby in colour with a toasty nose of blackberries and white pepper. For a medium-bodied wine, it’s rich and spicy with lively acidity that prolongs the flavour. The grapes were 20.5° Brix at harvest on October 24th and were vinified in open-top 8000-litre oak fermenters (Each fermenter stands on four hockey pucks. You never know; there might be an earthquake in Ontario). The wine was then aged in medium toast French oak (Ermitage Allier). Only 25.5 cases were produced.

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Varietal: Syrah
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Southbrook Vineyards:
Southbrook Vineyard’s goal is to engage both “mouths and minds” with an experience keyed to all your senses, and to your intellect. The winery’s sensory centerpiece in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a striking glass pavilion that is designed to honour the vineyard – reflecting Southbrook’s focus on innovation, classic truths and environmental stewardship. Southbrook Vineyards is the new name for... Read more
Southbrook Vineyard’s goal is to engage both “mouths and minds” with an experience keyed to all your senses, and to your intellect. The winery’s sensory centerpiece in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a striking glass pavilion that is designed to honour the vineyard – reflecting Southbrook’s focus on innovation, classic truths and environmental stewardship. Southbrook Vineyards is the new name for the former Southbrook Winery. The name change highlights our new status and focus as stewards of our 150 acre Niagara-on-the-Lake property. The vineyard is certified organic and we are also Canada's first winery with biodynamic certification for its vineyard. Southbrook Vineyards has an enduring commitment to producing great wines with a sense of place, and we believe that organic and biodynamic grape-growing are essential to that goal. Our site offers some of the most favourable conditions for grape growing in Canada and is extremely well-suited to the demands of the Bordeaux varieties that Southbrook is famous for producing. Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier evolved the family business from a roadside stand in Richmond Hill in the 1980s to a respected winery, thriving farm market and unique special event location. Since its inception as a winery in 1991, Southbrook has earned critical and consumer acclaim for the excellence of its table, dessert and fruit wines.. Southbrook’s new facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake meets LEED Gold standards and opened its doors in June 2008. Read less

External Reviews for Southbrook Vineyards Whimsy Syrah

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Southbrook Winery moved from its north of Toronto location down to the Niagara Peninsula this year. It’s housed in a spectacular new facility that boasts a 205 meter wall painted periwinkle blue. The winery behind the eye-catching wall is all glass, and overlooks the vineyard. Winemaker Ann Sperling, formerly with Malivoire, has the perfect setting to show off her wines here. Owners Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier have introduced new labels to go with their sleek new winery. (The old winery was housed in a milk barn on the family farm surrounded by encroaching suburban development.) The emphasis at Southbrook is on Chardonnay and Bordeaux blends but the newly introduced Whimsy label allows Sperling free rein to ‘play’ with other varietals and chose the best single barrels for small lot production. This wine is 100 percent Syrah. It is deep ruby in colour with a toasty nose of blackberries and white pepper. For a medium-bodied wine, it’s rich and spicy with lively acidity that prolongs the flavour. The grapes were 20.5° Brix at harvest on October 24th and were vinified in open-top 8000-litre oak fermenters (Each fermenter stands on four hockey pucks. You never know; there might be an earthquake in Ontario). The wine was then aged in medium toast French oak (Ermitage Allier). Only 25.5 cases were produced.




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