2013 Shores of Erie Wine Awards – Gary Killops, Essex Wine Review

Filed in News on July 24, 2013

2013 Shores of Erie Wine Awards

2013 Shores of Erie Wine Competition

Total Golds 11
Total Silvers 24
Total Bronzes 19
Total Medals 54


White wine – Erie Shores 2012 Vidal
Red Wine – Erie Shores 2008 Baco Noir Reserve

White wine – Colchester Ridge Estate Winery 2011 Chardonnay
Red wine – Muscedere Estate Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery of The Year
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery


All wines will in this competition were judged by the Wine Judges of Canada using a standard double blind system. Awards were granted based on published WJC standards as defined for Gold, Silver and Bronze in each submission wine category.

Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Grand CREW Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $49.80 Gold
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery CREW Chardonnay 2011 $12.80 Gold
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery CREW Riesling 2011 $12.80 Gold
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery CREW Posh Cuvee 2011 $12.80 Silver
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery CREW Cabernet Franc 2008 $21.80 Silver

Colio Estate Winery CEV Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $15.95 Silver
Colio Estate Winery CEV Chardonnay / Pinot Grigio 2012 $13.95 Silver
Colio Estate Winery Girls Night Out Sparkling $14.95 Silver
Colio Estate Winery CEV Pinot Grigio 2012 $15.95 Bronze
Colio Estate Winery CEV Cabernet / Merlot 2012 $13.95 Bronze

Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Chard Musque 2012 $16.95 Silver
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 $15.95 Silver
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Touche Blend 2012 $18.95 Silver
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2012 $15.95 Bronze
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Riesling ’12 2012 $16.95 Bronze
Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2011 $15.95 Bronze

Early Acres Estate Winery Roadside View 2012 $14.20 Gold
Early Acres Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2012 $13.20 Silver
Early Acres Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2012 $14.20 Bronze
Early Acres Estate Winery On The Lighter Side 2012 $17.20 Bronze

Erie Shores Vineyards Vidal 2012 $12.95 Gold
Erie Shores Vineyards Baco Noir Reserve 2008 $17.95 Gold
Erie Shores Vineyards Riesling 2011 $12.95 Silver
Erie Shores Vineyards Chambourcin 2010 $12.95 Silver
Erie Shores Vineyards Cabernet 2010 $13.95 Bronze
Erie Shores Vineyards Summer Sun 2010 $12.50 Bronze

Mastronardi Estate Winery Infuzion Apple Berry Licious $9.95 Silver
Mastronardi Estate Winery Syrah 2010 $18.95 Silver
Mastronardi Estate Winery Pinot Grigio 2012 $13.95 Bronze

Muscedere Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $30.00 Gold
Muscedere Vineyards Syrah 2010 $30.00 Gold
Muscedere Vineyards Riesling 2012 $16.00 Silver
Muscedere Vineyards Merlot 2011 $20.00 Silver
Muscedere Vineyards Meritage 2010 $30.00 Silver
Muscedere Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011 $18.00 Silver
Muscedere Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2012 $16.00 Bronze

North 42 Degrees Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2012 $20.95 Silver
North 42 Degrees Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $17.95 Bronze

Oxley Estate Winery Rose 2012 $14.95 Silver
Oxley Estate Winery Chardonnay 2011 $17.95 Silver
Oxley Estate Winery Wowza White 2012 $15.95 Bronze
Oxley Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2011 $19.95 Bronze
Oxley Estate Winery Riesling 2012 $17.95 Bronze

Sprucewood Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 $14.95 Gold
Sprucewood Estate Winery Lady in Red 2011 $14.95 Silver
Sprucewood Estate Winery Cab Franc Reserve Hawks Flight 2010 $24.95 Silver
Sprucewood Estate Winery Riesling 2012 $13.75 Bronze
Sprucewood Estate Winery Meritage Hawks Flight 2010 $26.95 Bronze

Viewpointe Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2008 $18.95 Gold
Viewpointe Estate Winery Meritage 2008 $18.95 Gold
Viewpointe Estate Winery Syrah 2008 $22.95 Silver
Viewpointe Estate Winery Auxerrois 2012 $14.95 Silver
Viewpointe Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2011 $14.95 Bronze
Viewpointe Estate Winery Pinot Grigio 2012 $14.95 Bronze

The 2013 Lake Erie North Shore Wine Competition – Judges’ comments

On behalf of the wine judges of Canada I would like to thank the Shores of Erie Wine Festival Committee for choosing our organization to judge the 5th annual Lake Erie North Shore Wine Competition. This year we had entries from 11 different wineries and a 20% increase in the number of entries from last year which reflects the growing number of wineries and types of wines being produced in this region. This year we used two tables of 5 judges to give the wines a fair and thorough evaluation. In addition, we supplemented the ranks of the Wine Judges of Canada with 2 representatives from the Southern Ontario Sommelier Alliance, as well as local wine expert, Gary Killops.

In total, there were 11 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 19 bronze medals awarded..

“The Lake Erie North Shore wine region continues to show improvement in not only the variety of wine being made but more importantly the quality of wine being made.” stated Wine Judges of Canada Chairman, Steve Gunning. “I am impressed by the ripeness and fruit forwardness of these wines and by how well some of the younger wines are drinking. It is clear the winemakers in the LENS region are continuing to improve their skills as this region evolves.”

Many of the judges expressed their appreciation of the quality of the wines and had this to say about some of the specific wine classes:

Rose – Stewart Wood

The best Rose went to the recently opened Oxley Estate Winery. This wine is a good example of a nice dry style table wine. It showed subtle fruit with good balance and length.

Cab Sauvignon: – Sheila M Lauzon

One of the strengths of Lake Erie North Shore Wines is their red wines. These wines are flavorful showing ripe fruit and deep colours. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this region has inviting bouquet followed by rich and robust flavours of black fruit and cassis. The balance and structure in these wines are such that they are drinking well now and will cellar for years. Congratulations to Muscedere for a gold medal for their 2010. Well Done!

Chardonnay: – James Oatway – President, Southern Ontario Sommelier Alliance

Experiencing a fine Chardonnay that expresses terroir akin to that of Burgundy is quite enjoyable. Finding wines of this caliber coming out of LENS is quite impressive! Ontario is definitely a place to find some of the best Chardonnay in the world, and that ability extends beyond the bounds of Niagara. Colchester Ridge Estate Winery and Sprucewood Estate Winery led the Chardonnay category at this year’s Lake Erie North Shore Wine Competition. Sprucewood’s haunting Chablis style manifests itself in its fresh, vibrant fruit driven nose, crisp acidity and lemon, lime defined palate. CREW’s 2011 Chardonnay is a definite Burgundian doppelgänger. My tasting notes simply exclaimed: Burgundy! Burgundy! Creamy, well rounded body and well defined, fresh fruit palate with that note of sweetness that rests in the mid palate is, for me, the sign of a great Chardonnay. Congratulations to Cooper’s Hawk and Oxley Estate for their Silver medal achievements. The infancy of Ontario’s wine industry is clearly in the rear view mirror.

Red Hybrid: – Terry Rayner

The names Henry of Pelham, Sanson and Sandbanks are all synonymous with having mastered the art and science of making high quality, well balanced Baco Noir wines. In this competition another winery has grasped this art and has emerged as a contender to these perennial favourites. Congratulations to Erie Shores Vineyards for their 2008 Reserve Baco Noir. This Gold Medal wine is very dark and displayed fully ripe richness with elements of earthiness, bacon, black berry fruits, spice, hints of vanilla, with modest oak and very well balanced controlled acidity.

Cabernet Franc – Gary Koestler

The Cab Franc category was a pleasure to judge. The 2008 from Viewpoint was a strong gold medal wine and came out on top while the 2008 from CREW was also very good. These wines were well balanced, showed a consistently strong extraction from the full ripeness of the grapes and did not exhibit any of the green pepper vegetal character often seen in this variety grown in Niagara. The 2011 from Muscedere was a nice surprise from a less than ideal growing season. Cudos to North of 42 for a silver medal for their 2012 which was already showing very well.

White Hybrid: – Debbie Templeton-Smrekar

One of the best white wines in the LENS competition was the 2012 Vidal from Erie Shores. All the judges unanimously agreed it was a solid gold! The nose enticed you with succulent peach, apricot and perfumed with flowers. It is a full bodied, perfectly balanced dry white wine, great for just sipping or to enjoy with a peach cobbler. An amazing value for only $12.95.”

Syrah – Sean Rowlands, Certified Sommelier

“Judging the Syrah category of wines from Lake Erie North Shore was a truly rewarding experience. LENS definitely has the right climate to grow Syrah and the entries into the Syrah category were all great expressions of their terrior. The Syrah’s showed true varietal characteristics of white pepper, bold ripe black fruit, firm tannic structure and well-integrated use of oak. These wines are all showing well, however, they should all improve with additional cellaring. Congratulations to Muscedere Vineyards for their winning Syrah 2010. Honourable mention to Mastronardi Estate’s Syrah 2010 and Viewpointe Estate’s Syrah 2008”.

Other examples that impressed the judges include the Savignon blanc from Colio, and the Gewertztraminer from Early Acres Winery in Chatham.

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