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Unsworth Vineyards

2021 Pinot Noir - Saison Vineyard

2021 Pinot Noir - Saison Vineyard

Pinot Noir is very close to our hearts at Unsworth Vineyards. When our blending team is crafting the 2021 Pinot Noir, we selected a few highlight barrels which show the nuance, spice, length and supple tannins which we come to expect from this standout vineyard.

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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
BCVQA Cowichan Valley Sub-GI
Vineyard Designation
Saison Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 7th - 14th
12 months French oak, 20% new
stainless steel
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine – 92points. "Sadly, there isn’t much of the wine. Still, high quality and low production are good for the grower, and the winery and Saison Vineyard, a property that is a beacon for Island pinot noir, are good for British Columbia. Winemaker Dan Wright has an affinity for letting this wine's high acid, floral aspects shine through drawing on its earthy, dark cherry and savoury notes that help build complexity and length without alcohol and wood marring the purity. Like last year, this is another long, complex, delicate, and layered pinot that deserves the attention of pinotphiles. The Saison soil type is Shawnigan, a mix of marine silt and loam. The clones are 115 (18%), 667 (26%), 777 (30%) and 828 (26%). The wine spends 12 months in 20 percent new oak barriques. Alcohol is a modest 12.4 percent."
WineAlign – 2021 90pts (silver)
Tasting Notes
There is a depth and intensity to this wine while still being light and bright on the palate. Dark cherries and bramble fill the nose and mid palate leading to a long and silky finish. This wine drinks beautifully upon release but will age gracefully for 5-8 years.
Vineyard Notes
With southern exposure and a free draining soil type we love the breadth and ripeness of flavours achieved from Saison Vineyard fruit.
Winemaker Notes
Our 2021 Saison Vineyard Pinot Noir is a blend of 3 clones we work with. The blend is 50% 828, 25% 667, and 25% 777. Selected from barrels that exemplify a glimpse into the future of what Pinot Noir can display from the Cowichan Valley.
Food Pairing Notes
A fall release encourages pairing this wine with wild foraged Chanterelle mushrooms! Sautéed with shallots, garlic and finished with brandy and served over grilled toast. The structure of our Saison Vineyard Pinot Noir lends itself to heartier dishes like beef stew and braised lamb shanks.