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Cuvée Catharine Estate Blanc de Blanc ‘Carte Blanche’, 2017

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2017 Niagara Peninsula 750 mL, 12.5% ALC/VOL

Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow, and family matriarch, Catharine Smith, 'Carte Blanche' is a vintage expression of Cuvée Catharine. Fruit sourced from our oldest and best estate-grown Chardonnay vineyards is hand-picked, the best of the best juice is isolated, partially barrel fermented and then aged for 54 months on the lees. Look for elegant lemony flavours and aromas of freshly baked bread.

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Connoisseur Note(s):

2016 Vintage:

  • Gold, 96 points - 2022 Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Platinum - 2021 National Wine Awards of Canada
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The 2016 vintage was a featured wine in December's Wine Club package, 2021.

Geographical Indication: VQA Short Hills Bench
Vineyard: Estate vineyard
Residual Sugar: 6.7 g/L
Cases Produced: 427

Appearance: Clear. Bright. Pale straw colour. Active, tiny bubbles.
Nose: Green apple, pear, lemon, hints of baked bread.
Palate: Medium acid, light-bodied. Green apple, lemon, toast, and minerality. Well-balanced, elegant, and complex.
Quality: Outstanding. 92 points.

Food Pairing: Curried chicken salad with toasted pecans, avocado and tuna tapas, cream of wild mushroom soup, pork loin with apricot glaze, and filet of sole in butter sauce.