Revisting the Niagara Wine region, Canada, part 1
was back in the Niagara wine region, Canada’s largest, for my third
visit in a couple of years. This gave me a chance to visit some
producers I’d missed on previous trips, and I began in Jordan, with
Creekside was founded in 1997, and the winery opened its doors in
1998 (prior to this it was called VP Cellars). The current barrel
cellar was built in 2000. The winery was started by Lauren McCain,
and it was then sold to Equity Wine Group who also own an agency and
have 11 acres of vines (Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Cabernet
Sauvignon) in the Creek Shores AVA of Niagara, and the 50 acre
Queenstown Road Vineyard in St David's Bench VQA (Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier). This is
sufficient for about 40% of requirements. Production is around 20
000 cases a year.
speciality here is Syrah. 'We are a bit of an oddity in Niagara,'
says Rob Power (above), 'in that we are a red wine specialist in a white
wine region.' Power has been winemaker here since 2000; we also met
with Matt Loney, director of sales and marketing.
usually get one cold winter a decade here, but they've just had two
in two years. Sauvignon Blanc is struggling with this cold, as is
Cabernet Sauvignon, but Syrah is fine.
Creekside The Trad Reserve Sparkling 2011 St David's Bench, Niagara,
55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay, three years on lees. Tight, slightly
toasty nose with nice citrus and pear fruit. Quite rich with some
toastiness and lovely balance and focus. 89/100
Creekside Sauvignon Blanc Backyard Bubbly 2012 Niagara, Canada
Unusual nose of herbs, pears and fennel. Has a hint of green on the
palate. Really distinctive with some grapefruit. Unusual and
delicious with toast and spice notes. 88/100
Creekside Sauvignon Blanc Backyard Block 2013 Creek Shores, Niagara,
Lively and rounded with rich grapefruit and pear notes. Quite ripe
with lovely fresh tangerine and spice notes. Stylish. 90/100
Creekside Reserve Viognier 2013 St David's Bench, Niagara, Canada
Floral honeysuckle and pear nose. Rounded palate with soft
mid-palate and varietally true pear and apricot flavours. The grapes
have to hang well into October to get these characters.
Barrel-fermented in neutral French oak. 91/100
Creekside Riesling Marianne Hill Vineyard 2014 Beamsville Bench,
delicate grapefruit lemon and floral nose with some tangerine.
Beautifully expressive, textured palate with spice and citrus.
Everything is in harmony with a hint of sweetness. Nice acidity. So
Creekside Pinot Noir 2014 St David' Bench, Niagara, Canada
115. Very fine and focused with bright red fruits. Nice texture and
some spicy notes, and a bit of a peppery edge. Lovely mouthfeel.
Creekside Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 St David's Bench, Niagara, Canada
Ripe blackcurrant nose with some pretty leather, spice and chalk
notes. Powerful, almost Italianesque palate with firm tannins. This
is pretty serious and stylish. 93/100
Creekside Broken Press Syrah 2008 St David's Bench, Niagara, Canada
Lovely peppery nose with fine red and black cherries. Really refined
with a supple peppery palate showing nice pure fruit. Lively and
focused with good acidity. Fine and fresh with a hint of soy on the
Creekside Broken Press Syrah 2011 St David's Bench, Niagara, Canada
Lively peppery nose is floral and expressive with pure black
cherries. Lovely texture on the fine palate which is smooth and
sweet. Fresh and detailed with nice precision. Hints of leather and
pepper, with generosity. 93/100
Creekside Broken Press Syrah 2012 St David's Bench, Niagara, Canada
Floral with a hint of peach and apricot. Lovely black cherry fruit
with a bit of pepper. Textured palate shows nice finesse with sweet
black fruits and some grippy structure. Pretty with nice purity.
Creekside Unbroken Press Syrah 2012 St David's Bench, Niagara,
The same wine as the broken press, but with no Viognier skins.
Sweet, ripe, dense and grippy with good structure. Ripe and sweet
with some floral notes. Sophisticated and quite structured. 92/100
Creekside Iconoclast 2013 Niagara, Canada
This is declassified broken press Syrah. It was overcropped and wet
vintage, so the entire 22 barrel batch went into this wine. Fresh,
supple, juicy and lively with some peppery notes and a bit of grip.
Nice fresh red fruits here. 88/100
Creekside Laura's Red 2011 Niagara, Canada
A Bordeaux-style blend. Spicy, gravelly nose. Grippy blackcurrant
with some spice. Fresh and juicy with real structure and some earthy
Creekside Laura's Red 2012 Niagara, Canada
Floral black fruits nose is really attractive. Ripe, textured, spicy
palate with a grippy peppery edge to the ripe fruit. Nice focus
here: grippy and detailed. 91/100
Creekside Merlot Reserve 2010 Niagara, Canada
Supple and spicy with some gravelly notes, as well as a bit of
earth. Shows some development and an attractive texture. 91/100
Creekside Merlot Reserve 2012 Niagara, Canada
Fresh and spicy with some pepper notes. Nice bright, vivid fruit
with real tannic grip. Focused and tannic. 92/100
Creekside Syrah 2013 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
is a 4000 case production that sells in LCBO stores for CAN$15.95.
It has a
floral black cherry nose and it's fresh and a bit sappy
with a hint of green. Lovely juicy fruit here. 88/100
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