Hinterland is a sparkling wine specialist. Jonas Newman and Vicki Samaras established their winery in a converted dairy barn that previously was home to 48 cows. In a previous life Vicki studied plant pathology and worked for the government in pharmaceuticals, while Jonas was already involved with wine.
They planted their first vines in 2005, and the debut vintage was 2007, with the first wines released in 2010. The front label font is from the Toronto subway dating from 1962.
They make sparkling wine in three different ways. First, Charmat, which involves doing the second fermentation in a tank that can take the pressure. Second, traditional method, with second fermentation in bottle and then disgorgement. Third, method ancestrale (aka Pet Nat), which involves bottling before primary fermentation has finished.
Hinterland Les Etoiles 2009 Prince Edward County, Canada (magnum)
Disgorged January 2018. Toasty and lively with good acidity and notes of lemons and pears. Has taut fruit and nice spiciness. Great acidity. Very fine. 92/100
Hinterland Rosé 2009 Prince Edward County, Canada (magnum)
Tight and fresh with nice red cherry fruit, showing good acidity and a bit of grip. Very pure with some red fruit character, as well as a lemony core. Dry. 92/100
Hinterland Blanc de Blancs 2014 Prince Edward County, Canada
This is fermented in 500 litre barrels. Very fresh and fine with nice subtle toast and pear notes, as well as linear citrus fruit. Very expressive with lovely precision. Has some depth to it. 93/100
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