Westcott Pinot Noir Estate 2015
Natalie McLean's Score: 91/100
A lovely Niagara Pinot Noir with spicy berry notes. The wine underwent a 30% wild ferment yeast with whole cluster grapes then malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. Pair with veal.
Pinot Noir food pairings: roast leg of lamb, sautéed pork chops with wild mushrooms, butternut squash and onion risotto.
Westcott Estate Chardonnay 2016
Natalie's Score: 91/100
Terrific balance in this lovely, full-bodied Chardonnay that offers seductive aromas of toasted bread, green apple and smoke. Very Burgundian in its balance and elegance. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 11 months, of which one-third was new. Pair with roasted chicken.
Chardonnay food pairings: Asian dishes with black bean, steamed mahi mahi, pasta with tomato sauce, pork tenderloin.
"The first thing that struck me upon arriving at the Westcott Vineyards in Niagara, was that the vineyards are on a south facing slope. In that instant, this improbable project made sense.
Up on the Vinemount Ridge appellation south of Jordan and atop the Niagara Escarpment, vines miss the moderating effects of Lake Ontario, but south-facing slopes with longer and stronger sun exposure enables the ripening of earlier varieties like pinot noir and chardonnay." Read more
"One of the highlights from Cuvée 2014 was getting a chance to be introduced to Westcott Vineyards." Read more
"This lovely, full-bodied Chardonnay offers seductive aromas of toasted bread, green apple and smoke. Very Burgundian in its balance and Meursault in its elegance. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Pair with roasted chicken." Read more
"Bravo to these young retired folks, who bought a 200 year-old timber frame barn, restored it to build a winery around the original structure. And on top of all that, they planted 26 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Talk about a leap of faith. This relatively new winery located in Jordan, Ontario, is right in the heart of the Twenty Valley region, where the soil is the creme de la creme for growing grapes." Read more
"Walking into the winery at Westcott Vineyards, you are transported back to the past. With their beautiful, rustic décor and vintage photos, it’s postcard pretty. And if the beauty of the place isn’t enough of a draw, a chance to sample their wines certainly makes a visit worthwhile." Read more
"It’s one o’clock, and the sky is grey. In fact, everything feels grey until I’m greeted by Grant Westcott and two yellow labs at the door of Westcott Vineyards.
Inside, a fire crackles in an open hearth, releasing an inviting smell and warmth." Read more
"Located in a resituated 200-year-old Mennonite barn, the winery's tasting room is cozy, with long wooden tables, a large stone fireplace and French windows that open up to vistas of vineyards.
Sit in one of the Muskoka chairs and try their Delphine Rosé..." Read more
"We were first drawn to the absolutely stunning branding (the logo is meant to mimic the Westcott’s antique wooden boat ) of this small, boutique winery. After sipping on their reserve estate Chardonnay though, we know they’ve got to the product to back it up." Read more