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December 14, 2021 | Stag's Hollow Winery

12 Wines of Christmas...Wine #2 revealed

The 2nd wine of our 12 Wines of Christmas is our 2019 Simply Noir. If you need a Secret Santa gift, let’s help you with this. Spread the love of our wine with your friends and colleagues - what a great gift to receive. Use the gift bag that was included in your Advent pack - you’ll be the rockstar Secret Santa!

This wine is always a treat to assemble. Gamay and Pinot Noir have always made up the majority our our Simply Noir, but in recent years, we’ve found that there are a few other varieties that fit really well with the wine’s profile. We discovered with the 2017 vintage that Dolcetto was quite a natural match, with its natural youthful exuberance and rusticity. This year, though, we were able to play around with a small lot of Zweigelt. Using carbonic maceration really played up the savoury edge to this grape, and it was a welcome addition to the blend. A surprising favourite among our spring releases.

Each lot was hand-harvested, sorted, destemmed and lightly crushed into open-top 1-ton fermenters, with the exception of the Zweigelt, which was gently transferred as whole clusters to a closed stainless steel tank, under a blanket of CO2. The Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, and Dolcetto were all cold-settled before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts. The Zweigelt was fermented by carbonic maceration. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, all lots were drained and pressed into individual stainless steel tanks and neutral French oak barrels (15%), where malolactic fermentation was completed. The final blend was assembled, stabilized, lightly filtered and bottled in March 2020.

Varietals: 63% Gamay Noir, 28% Pinot Noir, 5% Dolcetto, 4% Zweigelt
Alcohol: 13.5% alc./vol.
Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.72 g/L
pH: 3.55
Harvest Dates: Oct 9, 13 & 14, 2019
Bottling Date: March 2020
Release Date: April 2020

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM Permalink to 12 Wines of Christmas...Wine #2 revealed Permalink
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December 13, 2021 | Stag's Hollow Winery

12 Wines of Christmas...Wine #1 revealed

The first wine of our 12 Wines of Christmas is our 2020 Syrah Rosé. It’s Monday - so let’s keep it easy - pick up your favourite cheeses and bread to make a gourmet grilled cheese to pair with this wine. Enjoy!

This wine is as beautiful to drink as it is to look at. The grapes, grown specifically with this wine in mind, are truly the star of the show here. In the cellar, we wanted to intervene as minimally as possible, and by doing so, we were able to achieve a really harmonious and varietally-expressive rosé.

Our dedicated rosé block was hand-harvested, sorted, destemmed and pressed immediately; minimizing maceration time as much as possible. The pale juice was transferred gently into a stainless steel tank, where it was cold settled for 48 hours, and then racked, warmed and inoculated with a selected yeast strain. The ferment was kept cool (under 13C) in order to maximize aromatic expression, and was racked and chilled upon completion. The wine was then stabilized, filtered and bottled.

Varietals: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.0% alc./vol.
Residual Sugar: 1.9 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.37 g/L
pH: 3.43
Harvest Dates: Oct 9, 2020
Bottling Date: March 2021
Release Date: July 2021

Time Posted: Dec 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM Permalink to 12 Wines of Christmas...Wine #1 revealed Permalink
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