At Creekside Estate Winery, in Jordan, Ontario, are self-described cork dorks who love what they do and have fun doing it. Their first vintage was in 1997. They do cover many Bordeaux grape varieties, but Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah are their signature wines. They also make a popular Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend (a white Bordeaux blend). Sauvignon Blanc is planted primarily around the winery as this spot seems to do the best for these grapes. They have made their Sauvignon Blanc in sparkling, icewine, oak-aged, and cold-fermented in stainless steel styles. Syrah is the red grape they are best known for and is regularly available in the Ontario LCBO for just $15.95. Recently, their Syrah took the top award as best Ontario Wine in a blind competition of 120 Ontario producers at the Southern Ontario Sommeliers Association.
I visited Creekside to taste their Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah wines, and whatever else they would pour for me. Let me tell you about their wines.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Creekside Estate Winery Backyard Bubby 2021 – made with the Sauvignon Blanc grape using the Charmat method. This wine has a light lemon colour. It has a light citrus and stone fruit nose. Off-dry, medium-plus body, smooth but has an acidic prickle. Medium-sized creamy and biting bubbles. some toast toward the finish. A fun sip. –
Creekside Estate Winery Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2021 – A medium bright lemon colour. It has a medium-intensity herbaceous nose. Medium body. It has medium-plus acidity. Herbaceous and lime flavours. Some pith and lemon toward the finish. Fresh flavours. –
Creekside Estate Winery Iconoclast Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2020 – a barrel-aged wine with both grapes separately fermented before being blended. This wine has a medium plus lemon colour. A medium-intensity herbaceous and stone fruit aroma. Off-dry, medium-plus body, higher acidity but still smooth mouthfeel. Citrus and green fruit flavours plus a hint of stonefruit and honey Some tart fruit on the finish.
Creekside Estate Winery Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021 – Barrel fermented. This wine has a deeper bright lemon colour. Light aromas of floral, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon. Medium plus body, thick with a smooth mouthfeel. Medium acidity. Stone fruit, citrus and pith flavours. Tart finish with medium length.
Creekside Estate Winery Under Current Breakaway Riesling 2019 – Under Current are their experimental wines. This wine was created to support the Kids for Cancer charity. It has a medium plus lemon with a tinge of green colour. Medium plus stone fruit and petrol aromas. Fuller body with medium sweetness and acidity. A thicker viscous mouthfeel. Strong petrol flavour along with stone fruit flavour. A mix of both tart acidity and sweetness at the same time. Medium length. –
Creekside Estate Winery Syrah 2019 – A medium-intensity clear garnet colour. Medium-intensity meaty and berry fruit aromas. Medium plus body, round but not quite mouth-filling. Higher acidity and medium intensity tannins. Berry fruit, some tart berries and pepperiness on the palate. Medium length. More acidity than tannins on the finish. Widely available at the LBCO.
Creekside Estate Winery Iconoclast Syrah 2020 – grapes coming from the Queenstone Mile Vineyard. This wine has a deep garnet colour. Light aromas of black pepper, sweet spice, nutmeg in particular, raspberries, and juicy berries. Fuller body, dry, and round with a smooth mouthfeel. Black pepper, juicy berries, and some tart berries on the palate. Tannins kick in on the finish. Medium plus length. –
Creekside Estate Winery Broken Press Syrah 2018 – This wine is co-fermented with Viognier skins. This wine has a medium-minus translucent garnet colour. Lighter aromas of berries, toast and a touch of black pepper. Medium plus body, soft and round with lower acidity and light tannins. Some minerality. Red fruits and red cherries flavours, plus a touch of floral. An elegant wine.
Creekside Estate Winery Laura’s Red 2018 – a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Plus a splash of Syrah. Aged in oak for 18 months. The grapes come from several vineyards. This wine has a deeper garnet colour. Light intensity purple fruit nose, plus capsicum and floral. Medium body, smooth, round and soft mouthfeel. Nutmeg, black fruit, some red fruits and touches of sweet berries and sweet spices. Medium acidity and tannins. Medium plus length. Firm tannins and tart red fruit on the finish.
Creekside Estate Winery Merlot Reserve 2020 – 2020 was a great year for white and red wines in Ontario. Overall balanced fruit with fruit and acidity for all grape varieties. This wine was fermented in barrel for approximately 36 months before bottling. No racking. This wine is opaque ruby and garnet colour in the glass. Deep, sweet, ripe black fruit and plum aromas. Fuller body, thick with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Sweet ripe black fruits, plums, and black pepper flavours. Medium acidity. Longer length with firmer tannic finish. Quality.
Creekside Estate Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 – Opaque ruby and garnet colours. Lighter aromas of blackberries and leather. Dry, fuller body, with a soft, round, smooth mouthfeel, along with a firm tannic backbone. Medium acidity. Juicy berries with light oak flavours. A wine with a long aging potential.
Where Can I Buy These Wines?
All their wines are available to purchase online via the Creekside Estate Winery website.