19. Thirty Bench
Winery number 19 in the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards Winery Performance Report
Address: 4281 Mountainview Rd., Beamsville, ON, Canada
Tastings: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily until the end of October; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday to Friday, from Nov. 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays from Nov. 1
Region: Niagara Peninsula
Proprietor: Andrew Peller Ltd.
Winemaker: Emma Garner
Former amateur winemaker Dr. Tom Muckle, Yorgos Papageorgiou and Frank Zeritsch founded the winery, one of Niagara’s first boutiques to do small-batch winemaking. A major quality transformation has taken place since being purchased by the Peller family in 2005. Prime Beamsville Bench vineyards planted in 1981, 1995 and 2000 yield some concentrated wines, led by a series of single-block rieslings. Most impressively for a cooler Bench site, however, the Thirty Bench Red has been one of the best Bordeaux-style blends in Niagara. Chardonnay, gewürztraminer and cabernet franc round out the portfolio. Brock University grad Emma Garner has taken over as head winemaker after five years as assistant winemaker. Library wines are available at the winery. (David Lawrason)
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Thirty Bench's Top 5 Wines at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards
- 5 of 5
This ultra-floral riesling is delicate and off-dry. White flowers, sweet, grapey fruit and wet stone notes tingle the nose, while the palate delivers just the same: lime jujube fruit, background minerals and a squeeze of lemon. Light and fruity riesling. This wine won a bronze medal at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards.