Varietals & Wines
At Keint-he Winery & Vineyards our focus is largely on well-crafted premium Pinot Noir. So it goes without saying that the bulk of our vines are yielding pinot grapes. With that being said, variety in varietals is never a bad thing. We also produce Pinot Meunier, St. Laurent, Chardonnay and Sparkling wine.
In 2008 unique climate conditions resulted in many of our grapes becoming Botrytis affected. The result was the highly coveted, Noble Rot wine.
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Usually, grape growers do everything in their power to avoid getting mould on their fruit. So, you might be surprised to learn that in select wine regions, a type of mould known as Botrytis cinerea, when fortuitously paired with damp, misty mornings and warm, dry afternoons, yields a wine with beautifully concentrated sugars and acids. The result: a sweet mixture of flavours including dried apricot, orange marmalade, Earl Grey tea, and a trifle of truffle. Known to wine aficionados as “Noble Rot,” this phenomenon is rare and doesn’t happen every year. Once thought to occur only in Bordeaux and parts of Hungary and Germany, it can now be found at Keint-he Winery & Vineyards in Prince Edward County. An excellent match for fois gras, fine nuts and some rare cheeses, this nectar is sure to impress. Zoltan Szabo referred to this vintage as a “wicked wine” in his Globe & Mail write-up. David Lawrason scored it 93% in Grapevine magazine.
This wine is bright and has a light golden, almost straw-like appearance with some green hues. On the palate it is fresh, exhibiting creamy notes accompanied by cashew, spearmint and some hazelnut. Fresh, medium bodied core of nectarine and yellow plum. Has a juicy mid-palate and good length. Pairs especially well with grilled shrimp, seared scallops and other seafood. An easy drinking crowd pleaser, this wine is priced as an excellent entry point into Keint-he’s premium wine offerings.
Our first bottling from the 2012 harvest is a great representation of the stunning weather we had throughout the growing season. The 2012 Voyageur Vidal is full of ripe fruit aromas and flavours. Green apple and pear, peach and nectarine, grapes and grapefruit, lemon and lime: the spectrum of fruit aromas and flavours is staggering. Complimenting this virtual fruit salad in a glass is a chalk dust character, evidence of the limestone rich soils from which the grapes were grown. This is a refreshing wine, perfect for a warm afternoon or evening. Or try it paired with fish, or a beet and goat cheese salad.
Our unique white assemblage is back after a two year absence from the shelves. A blend of the white juice of the red Pinot Meunier grape and Chardonnay, this wine spent 12 Months in a combination of new and seasoned French oak. Oak shows through boldly on the nose, with butterscotch and vanilla aromas the most dominant. Beneath the oak, fruit derived aromas such as rhubarb, pineapple and lemon blossom also shine through. These fruit characters also greet you on the palate, and the natural acidity of Pinot Meunier is the perfect foil for the richness of the Chardonnay. Hints of smoke add complexity to the long finish. Enjoy with antipasti, smoked meats or roasted pork.
A serious twist on Rose, this is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and St Laurent, all sourced from our Foxtail Vineyard. Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, the individual portions were then blended and bottled in the winter of 2012. The nose has a complex blend of red fruits, rhubarb and dried herb aromas. Raspberry, sour cherries, rhubarb and earth shape the palate, and a subtle hint of oak derived smokiness appears in the background. Perfect for the patio, this wine is also a great match for white sauce pizza, and any mushroom focused dish.
Our 2011 Portage Pinot Noir is made from a blend of grapes from three of our estate vineyards – Closson, Benway and Foxtail. Each portion aged separately in French oak for 12 months before the final blend was decided upon. A mix of fresh berries and dried fruits greet you on the nose. There are raspberry and cherry aromas from the fresh category, and raisin and date from the dried. The palate is silky and smooth, with very light tannins. The previously mentioned fruits and berries are joined by rhubarb, earth and mushroom flavours, and hints of molasses and brown sugar make themselves known in the background. Pair with terrine, any game bird, or soft and earthy cheeses.
This wine exhibits classic Pinot aromatics. The light cherry red colour seems fitting for this wines floral, cherry blossom nose. Other aromatics include mandarin orange and rose petals. The wines silky texture blankets the tongue with sour cherry and a hint of dark chocolate. Best served at room temperature (17-18 C).
A visually stunning crimson-red wine with some blue tinting. The nose starts with white pepper and transitions to banana, cherry wood, cedar and ruby red grapefruit. The palate consists of sweet caramel and dark berries. We are very excited about this rich textured County Pinot!! Scored 89 points by John Szabo in Grapevine Magazine.
The follow up to our popular first bottling of this proprietary blend has all the aromas and flavours you would expect from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The red fruit dominated nose shows aromas of sour cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. The palate expands on this with beet and earthy flavours joining the red fruits. A cranberry tartness focuses and finishes the palate with impressive length. Try it with any tomato based pasta dish, or any red meat from the BBQ.
Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most
natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection,
and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than,
possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
~Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon