Honoring Mission Hill with Winery of The Year Award

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The 2013 National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) concluded on Monday September 16th, by presenting Mission Hill Family Estate Winery with the winery of the year award, along with two platinum awards for its 2011 Riesling Reserve and 2009 Compendium wines. This event, held at Joey Restaurant at the Eaton Centre downtown Toronto, was in the non-structured tasting format with five award-winning (2 platinum, 3 gold medals) Mission Hill wines presented in conjunction with food pairings designed to complement the wines.

 

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Ingo Grady receiving the awards on behalf of the Mission Hill Winery’s entire staff. From left to right: Jessica Bryans (Wine & Beverage Purchasing Manager Joey Restaurants), Bryan McCaw (founder of WineAlign), David Lawrason (VP of Wine at WineAlign), Ingo Grady (Director of Wine Education at Mission Hill) and Steve Thurlow (Principal Critic at WineAlign)

 

Though this is the first year for WineAlign’s National Wine Awards of Canada, these awards came preloaded with experience. Back in 2001, David Lawrason and Anthony Gismondi established the Canadian Wine Awards and featured them for twelve consecutive years in the Wine Access Magazine until its recent cessation and with NWAC taking its place.
This year, 150 Canadian wineries submitted their 1,081 wines (100% Canadian) in 24 categories that would be ranked by 18 judges from all across Canada. All the wines were first assessed by a panel of 3 judges and the ones that passed onto the second round, the top 22%, were then tasted again by a panel of 6 judges who assigned them a score out of 100 based on their perception. To ensure quality of rankings and not to overload judge’s senses, each judge would assess about 80 wines per day and the whole assessment of both rounds took 5 days. Four medal types were awarded: Bronze for scores of 87; Silver for scores of 88-89; Gold for 90+ and Platinum for being exceptional within the 90+ category. Winery of the year title was then awarded to a winery which submitted at least 6 wines and attained the highest score based on number and type of medals won – Mission Hill Estate Winery achieving it.
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Wines and Pairings featured
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Mission Hill Riesling Reserve 2011The 2011 Mission Hill Riesling Reserve has an intense nose of citrus, light pear and light minerality. It is a full-bodied, dry, fruity wine, with good, crisp acidity and a long finish. Enjoy by itself or drink with food of your choice; drink now – 2020 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts – recommended for its quality and excellent value. Tasted September/13.
Awards: Platinum Medal Winner
Score 90-91 pts. $18.00 Available from winery directly
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Wine was paired with:
Butter Poached Prawn with Mango Salsa

 

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Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2011The 2011 Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay has appealing aromas of light citrus and light apricots. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine, with good acidity and a medium, clean finish. Drink with food, drink now – 2016. My impression: NICE, 89 pts. Tasted September/13.
Awards: Gold Medal Winner
Score 89 pts. $18.00 Available from winery directly
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Wine was paired with:
Charcuterie featuring Triple Cream Brie de Bourgogne,
Deer Hunter Gouda, Tuscan Salami, Westphalian Ham,
Candied Pecans, Herb Marinated Olives and Quince.

 

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Mission Hill Perpetua Osoyoos Vineyard Estate 2010The 2010 Mission Hill Perpetua Osoyoos Vineyard Estate, barrel fermented and aged in French Oak for 8 months, has appealing aromas of subtle pear and light oak. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine, with forward acidity and a medium finish. Drink with food or enjoy on its own, drink now – 2018. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts. Tasted September/13.
Awards: Gold Medal Winner
Score 91 pts. $18.00 Available from winery directly
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Wine was paired with:
Ahi Tuna and Tempura Prawn Sushi Cones, Tobiko, Spicy Aioli,
Pickled Ginger, Cucumber, Daikon and Avocado.

 

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Mission Hill Compendium 2009The 2009 Mission Hill Compendium, composed of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot that was fermented and aged in small French Oak barrels, has intense aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and cigar box. It is a full-bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine, with food friendly acidity, refined tannins and a long and silky finish. Though compatible with food, enjoy this wine on its own, drink now – 2020+; evolution potential of +2 pts. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 (93) pts – recommended based on quality though not available in Ontario. Tasted September/13.
Awards: Platinum Medal Winner
Score 91(93) pts. $18.00 Available from winery directly
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Wine was paired with:
Medium Rare Sirloin, Mushroom Demi-Glace, Italian Parsley.

 

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Mission Hill Reserve Riesling Icewine 2011The 2011 Mission Hill Reserve Riesling Icewine has intense aromas of honey, apricots and subtle linden. It is a full-bodied, sweet without being jammy or syrupy, fruity wine, with crisp acidity and a medium finish. Drink as and aperitif or with cheeses/deserts; drink now – 2018. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts. Tasted September/13.
Awards: Gold Medal Winner
Score 90-91 pts. $18.00 Available from winery directly
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Wine was paired with:
Apple Tart with Toasted Almonds, Hand-Folded Pastry, Caramel.

 

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Though the complete list of award-winning wines can be viewed at WineAlign’s site, herein I list the ones that are available for purchase at the LCBO.

 

~~~~~ Platinum Medal Winners – all categories ~~~~~

Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010
Ontario $31.95 Vintages# 130997
Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Grand Reserve Shiraz 2010
Ontario $19.95 Vintages# 317941

~~~~~ Gold Medal Winners – all categories ~~~~~

Angels Gate Pinot Gris 2011
Ontario $14.95 LCBO# 331215
The Foreign Affair Riesling 2010
Ontario $24.95 Vintages# 127290
Henry Of Pelham Barrel Fermented Estate Chardonnay 2011
Ontario $19.95 Vintages# 268342
Norman Hardie Unfiltered Chardonnay 2010
Ontario $35.00 Vintages# 184432
Henry Of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut
Ontario $29.95 LCBO# 217505
Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2011
375 ml Ontario $79.95 Vintages# 560367
Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Pinot Noir 2011
Ontario $35.00 Vintages# 125310
Tawse Gamay Noir 2011
Ontario $18.95 Vintages# 322545
Inniskillin Winemaker’s Series Select Vineyards Shiraz/Cabernet 2010
Ontario $18.75 on clearance $6.20 OFF Vintages# 225482
Henry Of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2010
Ontario $50.00 Vintages# 616433

~~~~~ Silver Medal Winners – all categories ~~~~~

Creekside Estates Winery Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Ontario $17.95 LCBO# 341792
Konzelmann Estate Gewürztraminer 2011
Ontario $14.95 LCBO# 392357
Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay 2012
Ontario $16.95 Vintages# 68015
Kacaba Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2012
Ontario $14.95 LCBO# 326975
Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir Rosé 2012
Ontario $16.95 Vintages# 39974
Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Wine 2011
Ontario $14.95 LCBO# 609701
Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Blueberry Wine 2011
Ontario $16.95 LCBO# 609719

 

Resources:
http://www.winealign.com/awards/2013/03/23/faq/
http://www.winealign.com/awards/2013/09/03/nwac-13-results

 

Thanks to WineAlign for the invitation.

 

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