Konzelmann Estate Winery
Konzelmann is located right on the shores of Lake Ontario. On a clear day, you can see the skyline of Toronto across the lake in the distance, across the vineyards. The tasting room is relatively small compared to some of the other wineries in this region, but it is well worth sampling what they have available. We have visited Konzelmann several times, and on our most recent trip in 2006, Kevin was pouring out the wines.
Peter asked about the "Estate" designation in the winery name. Kevin explained that it was simply part of the name, with no legal meaning. "Everything is bottled here - it's not necessarily grown here," he commented.
We began by comparing the 2004 barrel aged Chardonnay with the 2003 grand reserve Chardonnay. The 2004 was aged in French oak for 1 year, while the 2003 was barrel fermented. The first was light, fruity and spice, with a great finish. I really enjoyed this one. The 2004 was, as you might guess, more buttery and vanilla flavored. It had gentle citrus flavors and hints of creme brulee, with a nice finish.
Next was the 2005 Pinot Grigio reserve, at 12% alcohol. This had a great, fresh green herbal flavor with a "0" sweetness but nice fruit flavors. The finish was smooth and lovely. This was only bottled 3 weeks ago and is already quite ready to drink.
The 2005 Riesling was also fresh and fruity, with crisp apple and pear flavors, as well as hints of spicy nutmeg and grapefruit.
The 2005 Gewurztraminer at 12% alcohol had a very light flavor, with spicy flavors of apricot and lychee. The finish was quite long and flavorful on this one.
On to the reds. The 2003 Pinot Noir was barrel aged, spending 18 months in oak. The flavor was light cherry and silky, with a hint of tannins and medium acids. The earthiness indicated it would be a nice food wine, with a long lasting, flavorful finish.
The 2004 merlot is barrel aged for 18 months in new French oak. At 13.5% alcohol, the decanting dissipates any heavy flavors and lets you appreciate the candied cherry aromas and raspberry flavor. There's a hint of butter and a light finish.
The 2001 Cabernet / Merlot is 60% cab and 40% merlot, at 13% alcohol. This had a great spicy flavor with cherry and a hint of tobacco. A great fall wine.
Time for the ice wines! The 2004 Riesling x Traminer "7" icewine was rich with honey, apricot and citrus flavors. It was gently sweet with spices and ultra-ripe fruit flavors and a nice finish.
Finally, the 2004 Vidal icewine at a "21". This was a rich gold color with a lovely, full aroma. Flavors here were honey, apricot and citrus.
Konzelmann is definitely worth stopping in for a sampling if you're out in the Niagara region!
Winery Reviews Main Listing
All content on the WineIntro website is personally written by author and wine enthusiast Lisa Shea. WineIntro explores the delicious variety and beautiful history which makes up our world of wine! Lisa loves supporting local wineries and encouraging people to drink whatever they like. We all have different taste buds, and that makes our world wonderful. Always drink responsibly.