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The nose is complex with aromas of lemon, apple and toasted brioche. The mousse is fine with notes of toast, lemon and light minerality, complemented by refreshing acidity. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.
This wine will pair nicely with fresh 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.
A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the 2013 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 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.
Awards & Ratings
- Rick Vansickle, Wines in Niagara
- Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, Silver Medal
- National Wine Awards of Canada 2019, Gold Medal
- Gold - 2019 Texsom International Wine Awards