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Hungry Point White 2017

Producer: Rosehall Run
Region: Ontario
Appellation: Prince Edward County
Country: Canada
Classification: VQA
Wine Type: White
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc , Chardonnay Musque, Pinot Gris, Muscat Ottonel
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 11.5%
Residual Sugar: N/A
Soil: Hillier clay and calcareous limestone
Farming Practices: Dry farmed, hand picked, low intervention (Sustainable Cert expected for 2023 vintage)
Awards: 87-Wine Align
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Cellar Profile


Dan Sullivan of Rosehall Run has succeeded at crafting elegant PEC wines for over 20 years, focusing on highlighting the specific terroir of the County and creating some of the best examples of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the world. Dan received the “Best Red Wine in Ontario” medal at the 2020 Ontario Wine Awards for his signature JCR Pinot Noir 2018. Sitting on the “Hungry Point” isthmus, surrounded by Lake Ontario on 3 sides, the vines dig deeply into the rocky, calcareous limestone soil. The long sunny days and cool evenings of the region, along with the high acid levels and low pH of the estate soils, ensure Rosehall wines are never lacking in freshness and structure. It is this kind of nervy tension that allows for the production of sublime sparkling wines, both traditional method as well as tank-fermented sparklers, including the exceedingly popular “Pixie” brand. The key to Rosehall’s success is its attention to detail in the vineyard. Sullivan believes that he simply bottles what the vineyard gives him. Yields are infinitesimally small compared to other wine regions, made smaller still by careful selection. Grapes are harvested at full phenolic ripeness, made difficult by the sometimes slow ripening and by the inherent climactic dangers of long hang times.

Region


Nestled on a peninsula on the north shore of Lake Ontario, a short drive from Kingston, the Prince Edward County wine region sits on a bed of porous limestone. This is crucial for creating the mineral, brightly acidic wines the region is known for. The vineyards benefit from breezes off of Lake Ontario, keeping the temperature down on hot summer days and cool at night. “The County” was first settled in the late 18th Century and, after years of farmland agriculture, began growing grapes in earnest by the early 2000s.

Vineyard


The land where Rosehall Run chose to establish its roots was previously known by local farmers as “Hungry Point”, where conditions were dry, winds were harsh and shallow-rooted plants did not always thrive. It turns out vinifera grapes are right at home here! The vines dig deep into the earth, gathering enough water and nutrition from the mineral-rich clay to produce ripe, concentrated fruit. The 2017 Hungry Pinot White is a proprietary blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat Ottonel from Estate-sourced fruit.

Varieties


Pinot Gris is a pink-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir. Flavors and aromas vary greatly from region to region and from style to style, but common features include notes of pears, apples, stone fruit, tropical fruit, sweet spices and even a hint of smoke. Chardonnays have high aromatic complexity. This is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety’s intrinsic qualities. Sauvignon Blanc grows in nearly every wine making region on earth and is produced in a variety of methods resulting in a wide spectrum of styles that range from lean to bountiful. It is a popular and unmistakable white that is loved for its “green” herbal flavors and inherently high acidity. Muscat Ottonel is one of over 200+ types of Muscat, which provides a distinctive floral and citrus character.

Winemaking


Vinified separately from grapes selected from different vineyard sites

Tasting Notes 


Lemony citrus and honey on the nose. Dry and aromatic in the mouth, with fresh lemon, apricot, peach and honey. Clean refreshing finish.