We can't choose our family. We also can't make our soil or predict the weather. So we adapt to them all and in the process discover something special about the people, the soil and the weather nature gives us. Part of that adaptation is working with brothers, cousins, friends and neighbours who have unique and different vineyard sites and grape varieties. From small family farms, one great wine. This is our Speck Family Tree.

Origins of Family Tree

Family Tree celebrates the idea of family. These wines are made from fruit sourced from our own vineyards but also those of our friends, neighbours and distant cousins across the Niagara Peninsula. There is no one grape variety in each wine. Instead they reflect the best fruit from each site married with other complimentary grape varieties from neighbouring vineyards.

 

Family Tree is two multi-varietal blends. The inclusion of Rhone varieties - Syrah in the red and Viognier in the white - is a nod to the great blends of Southern France with which these wines share some similarities. In this way we have created easy going wines of sophistication.

-The Speck Family

2014 Family Tree Red

Description

This red wine blend suggests warm aromatic notes and the taste of cherries with a hint of nuttiness. Well structured tannins and a nice complex finish.

Winemaker's Notes

  • 100% barrel aged for 17 months
  • 65% French oak and 35% American oak

Food Matches

Pork with dill and mustard sauce.

Family Tree red
Family Tree white

2015 Family Tree White

Description

Fresh aromatics create a delightful blend of apple, pear and a hint of lychee on the palate.

Winemaker's Notes

  • 40% barrel fermented and aged in barrel for 8 months
  • 60% fermented in stainless steel tanks
  • No malolactic fermentation to promote fresh fruit

Food Matches

Chicken or fish.

Reviews

Testimonials

“This family tree is bearing a lot of fruit. A great vintage, strategic sourcing and smart blending all help to make this a Shiraz-based winner. Tar, mocha and leaf aromas are underlaid by thick berry flavour. Almost Aussie-like without all the weight. Pair with spicy pork dishes.”

Rating: NNNN

Graham Duncan, Now Magazine

“A relatively new blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot, this medium-full-bodied red excelled in the sunny 2010 growing season, showing impressive ripeness. Moderately smooth, it comes with whispers of bell pepper and roasted nuts, adding interest to the currant-like fruit. It would match nicely with juicy burgers.”

Rating: 89 Points

Beppi Crosariol, Globe & Mail

"This primarily Shiraz based blend (58%) is full of pepper, black raspberry and smoke on the nose. The palate has cassis, cocoa with hints of cigar box, vanilla and smoke all finished off by a wonderful spiced finish."

Rating: ****+

Michael Pinkus, Ontario Wine Review

“This is a very successful blend of syrah (58%), cabernet sauvignon (17%), cabernet franc (15%) and merlot (10%). The ripe-sweet flavours are consistent right through the palate, and ride that middle road between lean and plush, while the acidity contributes a very attractive juiciness to the texture. The tannins are not too firm, and this is drinking well now and over the next three or four years.”

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rod Phillips, Ottawa Citizen

“Vibrant and pretty with lovely floral notes, almond and lime blossom. Medium-bodied and refreshing yet a great richness. Awesome price.”

Rating: 90 Points

Natalie Maclean

“Mostly Chardonnay with aromatic whites, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Chardonnay Musqué, it’s a salad bowl of aromas with rosewater, honeysuckle and pit fruit to the fore. Broad, balanced and beautiful, there are palate-bathing flavours of lemon curd, white nectarine and melon galore. It’s medium bodied with silky-smooth texture and a lengthy, lip-smacking aftertaste. Well paced, well priced… delicious”

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Vic Harradine, WineCurrent

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Family Tree wine is made by the Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. Visit the HENRY OF PELHAM WEBSITE for details about visiting the winery.