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  • Henry of Pelham Henry of Pelham, Vidal Late Harvest 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CA

Henry of Pelham, Vidal Late Harvest 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CA

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This dessert wine from Ontario is intense and rich with sweet notes of honey, tropical fruit, citrus, and spice.

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Henry of Pelham, Vidal Late Harvest 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CA

This dessert wine from Ontario is intense and rich with sweet notes of honey, tropical fruit, citrus, and spice.

COUNTRY: Canada

APPELLATION (AVA): Ontario

REGION: Niagara Peninsula

SUBREGION: Short Hills Bench

VINEYARDS: Blend

VINTAGE: 2017

GRAPES:  Vidal

PRACTICE: Sustainable

VINIFICATION: Low yields, harvested at temperatures between 18º & 25º F, fermented in stainless steel

STYLE: Still, dessert wine

COLOR: Light golden

BODY: Full

TASTE: Sweet

PRIMARY AROMAS: Fresh peach, lychee, pineapple, apricot

FLAVOR: Intense and rich, honey, citrus, and spice

FORMAT: 375 ml

ALCOHOL: 10%

SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Pair with fruit-based dessert or soft cheeses.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER: 
“Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery was established with our first vintage in 1988. At that time, we were one of a very few estate wineries dedicated to producing premium quality wines made from 100% Ontario grown grapes. Our focus is on vinifera grape varieties. This family of grapes includes Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir to name a few. They have been cultivated in Europe for hundreds of years proving to produce wines of distinction.

In 1984 when our father, along with each of us (Matthew, Daniel, and Paul), tore out the Concord and Niagara grapes at our own expense, people thought we were crazy. When we planted Riesling and Chardonnay under newly contoured hills and under drainage, many said they would never grow. We knew, after studying the heat scans and speaking with some of the other more progressive growers, that our vineyard was not only suitable for these special varieties but also located on the prime grape growing lands of the Short Hills Bench.

The clay-silt soil of the Short Hills Bench has a major influence on the quality of the grapes grown. Numerous streams originating from the base of the Niagara Escarpment and those flowing through the escarpment, such as Fifteen Mile, Sixteen Mile, and Twenty Mile Creeks, provide excellent drainage of waters in the vineyards.

The perfect grape needs a long, warm summer and a dry, sunny autumn. Grapes need to ripen slowly to achieve a good balance between acids and sugars. Only 7 km south of Lake Ontario, the lake effect provides shelter to our vines from the winds of the Niagara Escarpment. With unobstructed sunlight throughout the year, we enjoy warm, dry days with light breezes, not cold, wet, or damp, while the grapes work their way toward maturity. A well-ripened grape produces fine wines with a nice mixture and concentration of flavors for your enjoyment.

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery is in the southern tier of the Short Hills Bench. All our estate vineyards are concentrated in this one area making us the largest single grower in this small sub-appellation. It was first settled and then farmed by various branches of our family dating back to 1794.

We own 300 acres in the Short Hills Bench and 200 of those acres are under vine.
Our basic viticultural practices include integrated pest management (advocated by the World Wildlife Fund). More significantly our vineyards have been farmed since 2004 in accordance with the world leading standards established by Sustainable Winemaking Ontario.”

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