available in Ontario through the LCBO general list
The Grange has created excellent white and red blends that provide a fine introduction to Prince Edward County wine. The grapes are estate grown, from vines planted between 2001 and 2004, except for the Riesling that dates from 2007. I’d prefer the term “Estate Blend” rather than “Field Blend” since the grapes are picked from separate blocks and are presumably vinified separately in the winery, but I’ll cut them some slack here. For these are varieties that typify both the estate and The County: Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris for the white, and Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir for the red. And the wines provide a compelling expression of their origin, especially given the light touch of the winemaker. A very satisfying first vintage for both wines.
Unusually, the wines have been targeted for distribution through the LCBO general list, and so should be quite widely available throughout the province.
The Grange of Prince Edward Almanac White 2016, VQA Prince Edward County
Vintages #516575 • $19.20 • 750ml. • WD Score 88/100This is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Riesling and 10% Pinot Gris, all from the winery's Prince Edward County estate. The wine is almost neutral on the nose, with nuances of honeyed lemon and apple, and a subtle earthy and wet stone depth. The palate is focused and almost austere — dry, crisp and brightly acidic — with a whisper of green herbs adding an understated complexity to the precise fruit. The finish is very dry and carries a lingering County limestone minerality. All in all, this is very intriguing. While I'm not generally a fan of non-traditional blends, here the Riesling and Pinot Gris add depth more than flavour, and the winemaker hasn't compromised with residual sugar to soften the impact. Lovely, uncompromising, and proudly displaying its County origins.
Tasted Aug 24, 2017 • The Grange of Prince Edward County (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBO • Share Recommendation
The Grange of Prince Edward Almanac White 2014, VQA Prince Edward County
Vintages #516567 • $19.20 • 750ml. • WD Score 88/100A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Gamay, and 10% Pinot Noir — three red varieties that can produce beautiful fruit in the difficult growing conditions of Prince Edward County. Stemmy and earthy notes underlie bright raspberry, cranberry and cherry fruit on the nose. Vivid acidity and very fine tannins frame the juicy and slightly sour fruit on the palate. Wood influence is minimal, perhaps accounting for a breadth and softening of the mid-palate, but not adding much direct flavour. The finish is tart and crunchy. I love the restrained winemaking that allows the County fruit and acidity to shine. While this will pair well with lighter meats and charcuterie, it would also work well with a simple, authentic Margarita pizza too.
Tasted Aug 25, 2017 • The Grange of Prince Edward County (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBO • Share Recommendation