The Grange of Prince Edward

Posted 2006.08.08 0.00 in Wine by Stephanie

Our third stop of the day on Thursday, was to the Grange of Prince Edward. This picturesque winery is located in a restored 180-year-old barn in what was once the Trumpour farm. They started planting in 2001, and now have about 50 acres of land under vine.

This winery tied with Carmela Estates, as favorite winery of the day, for me. The staff seemed to know a thing or two about wine, the winery was attractive and pleasant, and the wines were good. This is the only winery where I actually liked something enough to buy a couple bottles.

When asked for a spitoon, they produced a small red bucket that may have been intended to be filled with ice to keep wine cool. Or maybe it was their idea of a spitoon, I’m not sure. They had a bowl of unsalted crackers available to cleanse the palate between tastings, and when my mom asked, they gave her a glass of water without any fuss. Now, the wines!

The first wine I tasted here was the 2005 Trumpour’s Mill Riesling (VQA Ontario). A light straw yellow in appearance, this wine held grapefruit and minerals on the nose. It started off a bit closed, but I think it was merely served a tad too cold. The body was crisp and light, with nice acidity. It held a medium finish, with a good return of the fruits. They were asking $15.95 per bottle, and I must have agreed as I bought two bottles. Rating a 92 on the Stephanie Scale, this was my favourite wine of the whole day.

The second wine here was their 2004 Trumpour’s Mill Assemblage (VQA Ontario). This is a blend of Baco Noir and Chambourcin. In appearance, this wine was a deep purple/red. The nose held faint leather, cedar, and dark vegetals. It was a heavy-bodied wine, with a warmth and light tannins. The finish was moderate and subdued. A good value at $11.95 per bottle, I gave this an 82 on the Stephanie Scale.

The last wine tasted at the Grange of Prince Edward, was their 2004 Cabernet Merlot (VQA Ontario). This wine was a very dark ruby / purple in the glass. On the nose were faint but distinct cassis, peppers, and plums. Wait a minute, peppers? Cab/Merlots are typically Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot… I asked, and was told that this was a 40/40/20 blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, and Merlot. Aha! Now that makes perfect sense. The cassis / peppers / plums are, to me, a perfect illustration for a Cab Sauv / Cab Franc / Merlot blend. The mouthfeel of this wine was rich, creamy, warm and tannic. The finish was somewhat long but a bit subdued. I think this wine might open up more in another year or so, or if it was decanted. $16.95 per bottle….yeah ok. I can see that. This wine earned an 85 on the Stephanie Scale.

This posting is the fourth out of four wineries visited on our trip to Prince Edward County, but stay tuned – there is one more, bonus post to go.

The Grange of Prince Edward

The Grange of Prince Edward
From the Grange of Prince Edward