September 2014 Newsletter
Holiday Event - Save the Date
It’s that time of year again… the holidays will be soon upon us and we would like celebrate the festive season with you!
Please SAVE THE DATE for the Wine Club Member Holiday Party. We will be hosting our annual, exclusive, members-only parties on December 5 and 6, 2014.
Join us for some great wines, fabulous food and a chance to stock your cellar with some favourites perfect for entertaining over the busy holiday season. Tickets will be available early November.
Tickets are available first come, first served. Watch your email so that you don’t miss out.
This party is offered complimentary for 2 people per paid membership. Space is limited. Full event details to follow.
Sending a gift? We’ve got a wine for that!
Whatever the occasion, we’re here to help: Weddings, Anniversaries, Retirements, Promotions, Housewarmings, Birthdays, to say ‘Thank you’ or ‘Just Because’.
Browse our premade wine gift selections for every occasion below. Can't find what you are looking for? Create your own gift by combining any of the wines available in the Great Estates Niagara online store, or contact us directly, we’re always happy to help you create the perfect gift. Browse the Great Estates Online Store at www.greatestatesniagara.com/Gifting/Gift-Packages
Great Estates Niagara's wine gifts from Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin and Le Clos Jordanne ship to any address in Ontario. There’s no order too big or too small.
The 2014 Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre Season is over, and thanks to you, it was one of our most successful yet. We hope you were able to take advantage of the great amphitheatre benefits, including the Wine Club Lounge and the new Advanced Seating. Watch for next year’s lineup to be announced in Spring 2015!
Wine Club Membership Cards
You should receive your permanent Wine Club Membership Card with your first Wine Club shipment. Please keep this card safe. You will be asked to present this card to take advantage of our great member benefits, such as complimentary tours and tastings. You will also be asked to return this card, should you ever wish to cancel your Wine Club membership. If you have not received a Membership Card, or think you may have lost it, please contact as soon as possible so that we can issue you a replacement.
September 2014 Wine CLub Wines
Jackson-Triggs 2012 Grand Reserve Riesling
This Riesling is a refreshing wine with prominent notes of citrus, followed by ripe stonefruit and hints of wet rock. The palate has a crisp and lively acidity and dominant citrus flavours; overall this Riesling shows great balance and a clean zesty finish. This wine pairs well with a group of friends and a great conversation!
Enjoy this wine now through until the end of summer 2016.
CLUBS: GE2M, GE4M, GE4W, HFTH
Le Clos Jordanne 2009 Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir
First time in the Wine Club, this top tier from Le Clos Jordanne displays a bright, deep and dark garnet colour with dark purple undertones. The legs are broad and slow, hinting at how rich and concentrated this wine is. This wine showcases the concentration and the power of a great terroir. Coming from one of our warmer sites, it shows a generosity of fruit, an excellent concentration in the mid palate, as well as a great complexity on the bouquet. The wine is tightly wound with an exemplary balance of fruit and structure.
It will cellar well for 5 to 7 years.
$75.00 Special Wine Club Price $40.00
CLUBS: GE2M, GE2R
Inniskillin 2012 Discovery Series East-West Cabernet-Shiraz
Our Cabernet-Shiraz combines 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Shiraz to create a smooth, rounded wine with notes of toast, vanilla and white pepper spice. Pair this wine with traditional prime rib, robust game dishes, juicy BBQ steaks or burgers, rosemary infused leg of lamb, root vegetables or aged cheeses.
Enjoy this wine up until the end of 2017.
$17.95, $16.00 when you buy 12 or more bottles
CLUBS: GE2R, GE4M, GE4R, HFTH, INN
Inniskillin Single Vineyard Series 2013 Montague Vineyard Chardonnay
This vintage of Montague Vineyard Chardonnay presents a generous offering of pear, fig, vanilla and melon notes, while rounding out the spice and floral flavours of the wine. This wine is delicious when paired with butternut squash with thyme roasted apples, grilled veal chop with morel mushrooms, baby spinach salad with aged cheddar and lemon vinaigrette, cedar planked halibut with orange butter and seared scallops.
Enjoy this wine through 2016.
CLUBS: GE2W, GE6
Inniskillin 2013 Discovery Series P3
This wine is a unique blend of Pinot Noir (49%), Pinot Grigio (35%) and Pinot Blanc (16%). This intriguing wine provides notes of lemon and lime, along with floral notes and a touch of vanilla. The palate shows flavours of green apple and peach balanced by a crisp, refreshing acidity. This is a great sipping & reception wine or pair it with delicate summer salads such as baby spinach and strawberries; watermelon and cucumber with feta; fresh angel hair pasta with olive oil or crispy vegetable spring rolls.
This wine should be enjoyed while young (within 1-2 years).
CLUBS: GE2W, INN
Le Clos Jordanne 2009 Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Pinot Noir
This wine shows a ripe and round character. This stems from both the warm growing season, as well as the terroir of Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard. Coming from one of our warmest microclimates, this Pinot always shows classic varietal red fruits and a charming, silky texture. Fresh acidity and tannin provide ample structure for mid-term aging, and cellaring for and additional 2-3 years will only serve to enhance the complexity of this wine.
Jackson-Triggs 2012 Grand Reserve Merlot
Concentrated, with high red fruit intensity and supported by subtle oak notes. This wine is well balanced through the lengthy palate and is accented by round and lush tannins. This approachable and versatile Grand Reserve Merlot is a rich, medium bodied wine that pairs beautifully with many foods. Its luscious berry & chocolate notes complement dishes such as peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin with balsamic reduction, spicy Cajun jambalaya, and the classic, juicy barbecued hamburger. It is also delightful with soft, creamy cheeses like Camembert.
Drink now, or continue to cellar an additional 2-3 years.
CLUBS: GE6, GE4R, JT
Jackson-Triggs 2012 Grand Reserve Gewürztraminer
The Grand Reserve Gewürztraminer is a wildly aromatic wine with intense floral notes, orange blossom, lychee and stone fruit; all of which are complemented by hints of baking spice. The palate is full with a good weight, and prominent flavours of melon and citrus leading to a spicy finish. Semi-dry in style, this wine pairs perfectly with Asian fusion cuisine, Cajun style dishes, smoked ham or poultry, and aged cheeses.
Enjoy this wine now through until summer 2016.
CLUBS: GE6, GE4W, JT
Le Clos Jordanne 2009 La Petite Colline Pinot Noir
La Petite Colline was a single vineyard wine produced by Le Clos Jordanne from 2004-2009 and we’re pleased to present you with this limited library release. La Petite Colline was always a very sought after vineyard in the Le Clos Jordanne portfolio. It is best known for its bright red fruit flavours, elegant floral notes, hints of spice and silky tannins.
Drink now, or continue to cellar an additional 1-2 years.
CLUBS: GE4M, GE4R, HFTH
Jackson-Triggs 2012 Delaine Fumé Blanc
True to Fumé Blanc characteristics, this wine combines the fresh-cut grass and grapefruit notes of Sauvignon Blanc with the rich toasty notes derived from barrel ageing. The palate is round and smooth, with crisp acidity, citrus and tropical flavours and a long finish. This wine is an excellent food wine; it is terrific with deep fried oysters, chicken pesto pizza, spicy garlic lemon shrimp or a fresh spinach salad with baked goat cheese.
Enjoy this wine by 2016.
CLUBS: GE4M, GE4W, HFTH
Inniskillin 2012 Niagara Estate Series Merlot
This Merlot displays strawberry and chocolate aromas which are accented by delicate clove notes. Cherry and black currant flavors are evident on the palate while firm, ripe tannins complement a fruit driven finish. Try this wine with Duck confit salad and baby arugula, potato and leek soup with crumbled blue cheese, mushroom pasta with freshly shaved parmesan, porchetta with caramelized onions and roasted peppers.
Drink now, or continue to cellar an additional 1-2 years.
Le Clos Jordanne 2011 Village Reserve Chardonnay
“Overall, I found this wine to evolve the right way in term of oak integration, fruit profile and palate balance. Where a year ago, I found maybe a lack of precision and balance between the elements on this wine, I think, it is by now much more fruit driven with a much better oak integration. The liveliness and the power of this wine around a core of varietal fruit is representative of this cool vintage for LCJ wines.” Sebastien Jacquey, Winemaker, Le Clos Jordanne
Drink now, or continue to evolve an additional 1-3 years for increased complexity and harmony.
Inniskillin 2013 Oak Aged Vidal Icewine 375ml
This unique Icewine shows notes of apricots and peaches with candied brown sugar. Its rich texture shows great balance of natural sugars and acidity. The oak ageing adds layers of complexity to the intense fruit flavours. This complex wine makes a unique pairing for rich pâtés, blue-veined cheeses or Vidal French Onion Soup. This wine will pair incredibly well with crème brûlée and fresh or dried fruit.
Drink now or cellar up to 10 years.
Inniskillin 1994 Vidal Icewine 375ml – Library Release
Icewine has incredible ageing potential. The fresh and vibrant tropical fruit flavours intensify and evolve to display notes of dried fruits and a distinct nuttiness, almost like a Sherry. The bright golden yellow hue deepens to a rich caramel.
Drink now or continue to cellar a few more years if desired.
$149.95 Special Wine Club Price $49.95
Inniskillin 2008 Cabernet Franc Icewine 50ml
Amazing depth of colour and outstanding red berry flavours, particularly strawberry, lend this red Icewine to pair well with chocolate or chocolate mousse and red fruit based desserts or simply strawberries and cream!
Inniskillin 2013 Discovery Series Susse Reserve Riesling
Susse Reserve means that a small amount of unfermented grape juice that is reserved and later added to the finished wine to add concentration and complexity. The resulting wine has abundant aromatics of peach and honey; flavours of tropical fruit, lemon and lime balanced by a crisp refreshing acidity. This is a wonderful sipping wine for many occasions. This slightly sweet wine has a luscious mouthfeel and is ideal with brunch dishes, such as cheese and bacon quiches or eggs Benedict and fresh fruit salads. You could also try this wine with classic sweet and sour soup; coconut curry or Pad Thai; prosciutto and melon or bacon wrapped scallops or cheese fondue.
Enjoy this wine within 2 years for optimal fresh fruit flavours
Inniskillin 2012 Discovery Series Legacy Shiraz Merlot – NEW RELEASE
The Legacy Series began as the best varietal of the vintage. In 2012 as in 2010, the quality was too good to select just one grape, so the 2012 Legacy Series Shiraz Merlot was born! This full bodied wine has a complex nose of white pepper, currant and well integrated toasty vanilla notes. On the palate this wine shows flavours of black cherry, spice, plum and dried herbs; firm tannins and a long extended finish round out this amazing wine. This wine is a wonderful pairing for roasted prime rib, smoked venison loin, porcini rubbed rib eye; black truffle risotto, blue veined cheeses and high quality dark chocolate.
This wine can be cellared through until 2020.
Jackson-Triggs 2012 Grand Reserve White Meritage
This wine displays aromas of succulent melon, grapefruit, and pineapple. Lively fruit flavours are also expressed in perfect balance on the palate with a soft, creamy texture and refreshing finish. A unique mouth feel is achieved through the harmonious combination of the varietals and the barrel aging process. This wine pairs beautifully with fresh oysters, bacon wrapped scallops, lobster, poultry and pastas in cream based sauces, fresh goat’s cheese, salads, or a rich feta.
Enjoy this wine now, or cellar it through until 2016.
Jackson-Triggs 2013 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
The Grand Reserve Pinot Noir bursts with scents of lush cherry supported by earthiness and hints of crushed rock. The palate has crisp acidity, well-integrated tannins and fresh red fruit flavours. The finish is light, and reminiscent of espresso and baking spices. Our Grand Reserve Pinot Noir is a luscious, elegant wine, versatile for food pairing. The diversity of its characteristics make it the perfect match for a multitude of dishes such as Chicken Marsala or Coq au Vin, braised short-ribs or filet mignon, venison, grilled salmon or roasted duck.
NEW RELEASE! Enjoy this wine through until 2018.