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Premier Cuvée, 2017

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2017 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL
$39.95
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
Critic's Rating 94 pts

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The nose is complex with aromas of fresh dough, tarte tatin, brown sugar and custard. On the palate the mousse is fine with notes of ripe red apple, fresh dough and stony minerality, complemented by refreshing acidity on the long finish. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.

This wine will pair nicely with freshly shucked oysters, white-fleshed fish or lobster. Also a perfect pairing with bloomy-rind, double or triple cream cheeses. Or serve on its own as the perfect aperitif.

WINEMAKING NOTES

A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2017 vintage. Both varieties are primarily sourced from our estate vineyards in the Creek Shores sub-appellation, with some fruit coming from some of our favourite growers in both Creek Shores and Niagara-on-the-Lake. After harvest, both varieties went into the press with the free run juice being kept separate from the press wine. Each went through primary fermentation in stainless steel and were then blended and bottled for secondary fermentation. The wine was aged on lees for a minimum of 48 months during which the bubbles became smaller and more compact. A slight autolytic, or toast and bread character also developed during this time. After disgorging, winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas felt the wine was in perfect balance so decided to not add any sugar to the dosage resulting in a classically dry sparkling wine in the zero dosage style. This wine was not exposed to oak and did not undergo malolactic fermentation.

Residual Sugar: 3 g/L

Critic's Rating

94pts

2015 Vintage:

Racy sparkling wine of traditional ways, dry, toasty and of great vigour. Top notch autolysis, fine lees and guesses to the end would have to be in the 48-plus month arena. The real deal, richly rendered, acids in charge, instructive and carrying the fruit to the mountain’s peak. Hard to top this in Canada. Drink 2021-2027. Tasted blind at NWAC2021, October 2021.

- MICHAEL GODEL, WINEALIGN
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