Deborah Paskus was a well known consulting winemaker when she established Closson Chase, one of the pioneering wineries in the region, along with some investors. A test acre was planted in Hillier in 1999, and in 2002 the century-old dairy barn that is now the symbol of the vineyard was renovated. First commercial vintage was 10 cases in 2004, and a new winery was commissioned in 2007. Paskus made some impressive wines, but the estate had a reputation for inconsistency.
Since 2015 Keith Tyers has been winemaker, following Deborah’s retirement, and he’s making some impressive wines from these ideal vineyard soils, with a thin layer of loam and crumbled limestone over a fractured limestone base. Around 75% of the grapes come from their County vineyards, while the remaining quarter are sourced from Niagara.
Closson Chase KJ Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2018 Four Mile Creek, Niagara, Canada
Lovely weight here with fine grained structure under the pear, apple and citrus fruit. Nice precision and focus. 90/100
Closson Chase Chardonnay 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Nice texture and weight to the pear and citrus fruit with a bit of structure and some oaky notes. Very harmonious with a lovely citrus aspect to the fruit. Very fine. 93/00
Closson Chase Churchside Chardonnay 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Lively with nice pear and white peach fruit, with fine spiciness. Lovely structure. Has freshness and detail with a really appealing texture. 94/100
Closson Chase Pinot Noir 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Has a little new oak. Sour cherries and plums with nice grainy structure and good acidity. Balanced with nice freshness and good acidity. 93/100
Closson Chase South Clos Pinot Noir 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Concentrated and supple with some cherry and plum fruit. Nice fine-grained structure. Supple, showing nice cherries and a touch of raspberry. Fresh and lovely. 94/100
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