Article by Thomas Reid
Perched up atop the Niagara Escarpment and overlooking Vineland and Lake Ontario, Kacaba is a premium small-batch winery with one of the oldest Syrah vines in the region. While I highly recommend trying the aforementioned Syrah (they are featuring a flight of them in just over a weeks’ time in fact), for this week’s ‘Best Niagara Wine Under $20 & Not In The LCBO‘ we discovered Kacaba’s 2016 Jennifer’s Pinot Gris ($18.15).
More popularly known as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris originated in the Burgundy region of France (Pinot Grigio is the same varietal but in the Italian style). It was named Pinot Gris (or “Gray Pinot” in French) because of its grey-ish pink skin.
The fruit for Jennifer’s Pinot Gris was handpicked and the fruit wine was then left to “cold soak” in order to gain a lovely pink copper hue. It was cool fermented for two weeks, which helps to retain acidity and crispness in the wine.
The result is a wine with floral qualities on the nose along with notable pink grapefruit. A fruity but dry palate follows with ripe melon and a refreshing citrus finish.
Why hold off until Spring for this beautiful example of the varietal? This Spring sipper is too good to wait! Serve-up a spicy Asian-style shrimp stirfry and pair it perfectly with this tasty drop. Also, keep an eye out for the 2017 vintage.
Kacaba’s 2016 Jennifer’s Pinot Gris ($18.15)
- Aged five months in Stainless Steel
- 12.8% alc
- Sugar 3 g/l
Location 3550 King St, Vineland, ON L0R 2C0