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Niagara's Newest Label: Delaine Vineyard (July 29, 2003)

 
  Donald Triggs (left), President and CEO of Vincor International, Co-founder of Jackson-Triggs Vintners, and now grape-grower, stands with his wife and partner Elaine Triggs, Chartered Accountant and vineyard manager, in their five-year-old vineyard, Delaine, which has been designed to provide premium quality vinifera grapes for Vincor's Niagara Region wineries, and Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate in particular.
Photo by Divino Mucciante.

The Delaine Vineyard is 95-acre block stretching north from the Niagara Parkway. It belongs to Don and Elaine Triggs. Don is better known as the President and CEO of Vincor International – his name appears on the Jackson-Triggs labels.

The first wines were produced from this vineyard in 2001 (third leaf) and they were of such a quality that the company has already deemed them to be their flagship wines.

The largest area has been dedicated to Pinot Noir (21 acres), with the two Cabernets and Merlot covering 10 acres each and 10 of Syrah. Of the white varieties, 15 acres of Chardonnay have been planted, 10 acres of Riesling and smaller plantings of Sauvignon Blanc (4 acres), Gewürztraminer (3 acres), Semillon (1.5 acres).

Last week, I tasted six of the Delaine vineyard wines on site.

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Riesling 2001
$15.95
Appearance: pale gold
Nose: already showing a petrol note behind the peachy tones
Taste: tart, green plum and grapefruit flavours, racy acidity with an acidic finish (Mosel style with heavier mouthfeel)
Note: The youth of the vines is evident here but still enjoyable. ****

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2002
$22.95
Appearance: palest lime
Nose: light and elegant, floral and spicy with rose petal and cardamom notes
Taste: light-bodied, lychee and Turkish delight flavours
Note: An excellent first effort. ****½

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Chardonnay 2001
$16.95
Appearance: straw colour
Nose: toasty, apple
Taste: medium-bodied with fresh, nutty green apple and citrus flavours; Burgundian style with good length
Note: The French oak (100%) has fleshed out the slightly green flavours of the young vines. A very good first effort. ****½

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
$24.95
Appearance: ruby colour
Nose: vanilla, black cherry with a whiff of toast
Taste: medium-bodied, dry, clean, firmly structured with sour cherry and raspberry flavours; lively acidic finish
Note: Impressive effort from three-year-old vines. Augurs well for the future. ****

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Merlot 2001
$24.95
Colour: dense purple-ruby colour
Nose: cedar, red currant with a floral grace note
Taste: medium-bodied, trim and taut within its oak jacket; flavours of cherry, under-ripe blackberries and rose petals
Note: Well-extracted fruit for the first commercial harvest of these grapes. Needs a year of bottle age to show its paces. ***½

Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 2001
$29.95
Appearance: deep purple colour
Nose: red pepper, red currants, cedar
Taste: medium-bodied, petit château Bordeaux style; lean and sinewy, currants, choke cherry flavours; firmly structured with a tannic thrust on the finish. Cellar 2–3 years.
Note: A young vine flavour of green fruit pervades but the wine is nicely balanced and cellar worthy. ***½

 

 

 

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