The Wine at a glance

The portfolio of Five Rows focuses on 6 main varietals that have been selected based on their unique style and expression of the Lowrey Vineyard, as well as their characteristic representation of the St. David's Bench Appellation. Pinot Noir accounts for the majority of our planting while Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Shiraz, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc make up the remaining rows.

Through a focus on balanced vineyard management, thinning and hand work, our yields are very low, resulting in only small batches of wine being crafted. It's our belief that this concentration results in fruit and ultimately wine that is highly concentrated with the character of the terroir — the soil, minerality, local flowers and occasional tears in the pinot.

We hope you will enjoy our wine and explore the variability of the nature of the wine in the years to come. We wish to invite you to become engaged in the evolution of Five Rows — get to know us, our land and our wine because without you, there is no winery.

The Lowrey family has farmed the area for 5 generations. Current generations, Howard Lowrey and his son Wes Lowrey tend to the vineyard with a focus on achieving the most characteristic and complex examples that their varietals can produce.

Tasting

Due to the reality of crafting very small quantities of wine, we are limited to offer tastings on weekends between 11am - 5pm, May 1 to December 31 or during the week by appointment only. 

We’re currently able to provide tasting of our Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s difficult for us to manage large groups and please no buses – when you get here you’ll see why.

We also encourage potential customers to visit our very supportive sommeliers and establishments. They are serving some of our releases that they consider to be signatures of our winery.

Purchasing Our Wine

To purchase any of our small releases, we recommend you contact us via phone or email. We try to encourage you to purchase in increments of cases of six because of the logistics of delivery and storage. It's also recommended that you cellar our reds to realize the full possibilities that our vintages have to offer over time.

We know that small batches of wine may sell out quickly so we welcome you to contact us about reserving your selections of upcoming releases.

wines@fiverows.com

You

Every person that we connect with through our winery is a partner and steward of Five Rows and we are forever appreciative of those who believed and invested in us through the wine. We invite all who have experienced our wine to register their unique bottle number and vintage release online with us - Here. This is simply a list of those individuals who have experienced our wine and the beginning of a long friendship through our craft.


Current Vintages

Vintage
2015
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Vineyard
Lowrey Vineyards
Product of / Produit du Canada
Cases
150
Release Date
June 2, 2018
Price
$55
Tasting notes: Fruit was harvested by hand from rows 3 and 4 starting on September 18 th , 2015. A second picking took in rows 8, 9, 14 and 15. The clusters were sorted 3 times on the way to the crusher. It was noted by more than one picker that these were some of the cleanest Pinot we’d ever seen.
All fermentations were allowed to start wild before the addition of cultured yeast (RC212 for two bins and W15 for one bin). Fermentation began after a four day cold soak and lasted 14 days total. Peak temperature was 33 degrees C. Each bin was pressed and racked into barrel (20% new oak was used). Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place in barrel using culture MBR31. The wine was bottled on April 13, 2018.
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard
Lowrey Vineyards
Product of / Produit du Canada
Cases
125
Release Date
June 2, 2018
Price
$55
Tasting notes: The last fruit of the season was harvested November 3 rd , 2015. A lighter initial crop due to winterkill required less thinning than normal to ripen. All fruit was sourced from the Clone 169 block (rows: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14).
Fermentation lasted 15 days and began after a four day cold soak. All bins were allowed to start wild before the addition of cultured yeast (one bin F15 and one bin FX10). All barrels used were French oak (20% new). Barrel producers included Radoux, Taransaud and Sirugue. The wine was inoculated with malolactic bacteria once in barrel.
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Syrah
Vineyard
Lowrey Vineyards
Product of / Produit du Canada
Cases
100
Release Date
June 2, 2018
Price
$55
Tasting notes: Fruit was harvested October 20 th , 2015. Noted excellent concentration of flavour in the Syrah berries due light crop and some berry shrivel. Half of the crop was sourced from the Clone 7 block and the other half from Clone 100.
A twelve day fermentation and four day cold soak combined to produce great colour extraction. Clone 7 fruit was fermented with RX60 yeast and Clone 100 with F15. Only one of the four barrels used was new oak. This ripe vintage comes across less peppery than 2013 and 2014. It has a uniquely smoky nose and savoury texture and flavours. Bottled April 13 th , 2018.
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard
Lowrey Vineyards
Product of / Produit du Canada
Cases
220
Release Date
June 2, 2018
Price
Sold Out
Tasting notes: The fruit ripened fast in the late summer heat of 2017! Our Sauvignon Blanc was harvested on September 20th, 2017. Despite the heat, we were able to harvest before the TA crashed, giving us ample natural acidity - 8.5g/L.
All fruit was fermented with X5 yeast, known for the production of tropical fruit aromatics and flavours. 70% of the must was fermented in barrel and 30% in stainless steel. The fermentation was conducted at a cool 10 degrees Celsius and stopped at specific gravity 0.998 (about 8 g/L residual sugar). Average age of barrel was 10 years, and all the barrels were allowed to undergo a wild malolactic fermentation. Barrels and tanks were blended, filtered and then bottled on April 13th, 2018.
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Gris
Vineyard
Lowrey Vineyards
Product of / Produit du Canada
Cases
110
Release Date
June 2, 2018
Price
Sold Out
Tasting notes: This ripe Pinot Gris was harvested on September 20 th , 2017. Large clusters due to summer rains led to a bumper crop for this block.
A month-long fermentation was conducted at 10 degrees Celsius in both older French oak barrels (75%) and a stainless steel tank(25%). The average barrel age was 9 years and the yeasts used were R2 and X5. Fermentations were stopped at specific gravity 0.998 (9g/L residual sugar). The finished wine shows a slightly golden/pink hue and boasts the familiar Pinot Gris texture that has become its signature. Bottled April 13 th , 2018.
Vintage
2017
Varietal
“Jean’s Block” Riesling
Vineyard
Lowrey Vineyards
Product of / Produit du Canada
Cases
150
Release Date
June 2, 2018
Price
$35
Tasting notes: Roughly 2000 Kg of Riesling was harvested from Jean’s Block (Clone 49) on October 10th, 2017. A huge rain prior to harvest delayed the pick until the berries dried out. In the meantime, we had to deal with the onset of Botrytis due to splitting berries.
Harvest parameters were: 17.8 degrees Brix and TA 10.5 g/L. The juice was fermented in steel tanks with two different yeasts (W15 and X5). Both tanks showed strong aromatics from early on. Wine was bottled on April 13th, 2018.
To view our past vintages click here.