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Cuvée Catharine Brut, NV

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NV Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12% ALC/VOL
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
Critic's Rating 92 pts

Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow and family matriarch, Catharine Smith. Clonal selection and the use of traditional grape varieties (Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) makes this wine a modern Niagara expression of a time honoured wine style. The secondary fermentation is done in bottle and this wine is aged for approximately 30+ months on the lees before disgorging.

Winemaker's Notes

• Made from the blending of 70-80% Chardonnay with 20-30% Pinot Noir;

• Handpicked and bunch selected. Gently whole cluster pressed;

• A small percentage of the Chardonnay is barrel fermented;

• Secondary fermentation in bottle followed by a further 30+ months aging on the lees.

Food Matches

Salmon caviar with sour cream; Malpeque oysters with a hint of lemon. Or add 1 oz of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvée Catharine to make a Kir Catharine or a Blushing Kir Catharine respectively.

Critic's Rating

- Tony Aspler
  • National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Silver Medal National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Silver Medal
  • Connoisseur Note(s):

    91+ Points - Dean Tudor

    90 Points - Beppi Crosariol

    90 Points - David Lawrason

    90 Points - Rick Vansickle

    90 Points - Sara D'Amato

    90 Points - Steve Thurlow

    4.5 Stars - Rod Phillips

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    This was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package, 2021.


    Tasting notes written by Tony Aspler.


    Geographical Indication: VQA Niagara Peninsula
    Varietals: Chardonnay (70-80%), Pinot Noir (20-30%)
    Vineyard: Estate Vineyards
    Residual Sugar: 9.2 g/L
    Cases Produced: 3,596


    Appearance: Pale straw colour. Active, tiny bubbles.
    Nose: Lightly toasty, apple and lemon-zest nose with a fragrant white blossom lift.
    Palate: Light-bodied, crisply dry, green apple and lemon flavours with a suggestion of oak. Sustains well on the palate.
    Quality: Outstanding. 92 points. Drink now, but will cellar well for 2 – 3 years.


    Food Pairing: Angel-hair pasta with fennel and clams, caviar on toast points with sour cream, oysters on the half-shell, tandoori kebabs, and strawberry and cream cheese turnovers.

    • National Wine Awards of Canada 2015, Silver Medal