The wines of Closson Chase, Prince Edward County
Visiting wine country in Ontario, Canada, part 7

 

Deborah Paskus is the winemaker behind Closson Chase. Deborah hails from Niagara, but after building a reputation for herself there, she decided to be one of the pioneers in Prince Edwards County when she started her own winery, in conjunction with some friends from the past as partners. 

Deborah was keen to have some ownership as a partner in the winery. 'When you sweat on your own ground it feels better,' she comments. A test plot of vines was planted here in 1997/8, but the first real crop for Closson Chase was 2004. A winery was built in 2007. There are 30 acres of estate vines, planted on loam over limestone, and grapes are also bought in from Niagara (Beamsville Bench and Niagara River).

THE WINES

Closson Chase South Clos Vineyard 2010 Prince Edward County, Canada
Deep yellow in colour. It shows rich peach and pear fruit with nice weight and smooth texture. Real depth of flavour: a smooth, richly fruited Chardonnay that's very broad but still has good freshness. 92/100

Closson Chase Chardonnay 2010 Prince Edward County, Canada
There's a lovely apricot edge to the peach and pear fruit, suggesting some botrytis character. Tropical fruit palate with some spiciness. Atypical, but very nicely balanced and quite delicious. 92/100

Closson Chase Pinot Noir 2010 Prince Edward County, Canada
Black cherry and plum fruit nose. Lively, with a hint of undergrowth. Fruity and pure on the palate with nice cherries, some spice and a hint of greenness. Nice freshness, with some sweet and sour character. 88/100

VISITING ONTARIO WINE COUNTRY, CANADA

NIAGARA
Southbrook
Malivoire
Tawse
Pearl Morissette
Hidden Bench
Ravine

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
Hinterland
Closson Chase
Huff Estates
Rosehall Run
Norman Hardie

Wines tasted 07/13  
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