2013 Grande Cuvée Blanc de Noir

Our top traditional method sparkling wine, only produced in exceptional vintages.

$59.95

TASTING NOTES

Pale straw in the glass with persistent bubbles. On the nose there are oxidative notes of baked apples, but also fresh notes of brioche dough, lemon curd and mineral. On the palate it is rich but fresh with flavours of brown sugar, grilled lemon, white cherries and a touch of earthiness and mineral, balanced by firm acidity and a full mouthfeel. The mousse is fine and persistent with a finish of roast caramel and white cherry.
Perfectly ready to drink on release either as an aperitif or paired with a variety of fare from fresh shellfish, rich risotto to bloomy rind cheese. Will also benefit from short to medium term aging to further develop complexities.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Produced only in exceptional vintages, our Grande Cuvee is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from our Whitty Vineyard in Creek Shores. After careful manual harvest, the whole bunches of Pinot Noir are put into the press where the free run juice is separated out and blended with the first gentle press to extract juice but not colour or phenolics. After primary fermentation, the wine was then prepared and bottled for secondary fermentation. The wine was aged on lees for a minimum of 60 months during which the bubbles became smaller and more compact and autolysis, or the development of toast and bread character, took place. 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.

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TASTING NOTES

Pale straw in the glass with persistent bubbles. On the nose there are oxidative notes of baked apples, but also fresh notes of brioche dough, lemon curd and mineral. On the palate it is rich but fresh with flavours of brown sugar, grilled lemon, white cherries and a touch of earthiness and mineral, balanced by firm acidity and a full mouthfeel. The mousse is fine and persistent with a finish of roast caramel and white cherry.
Perfectly ready to drink on release either as an aperitif or paired with a variety of fare from fresh shellfish, rich risotto to bloomy rind cheese. Will also benefit from short to medium term aging to further develop complexities.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Produced only in exceptional vintages, our Grande Cuvee is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from our Whitty Vineyard in Creek Shores. After careful manual harvest, the whole bunches of Pinot Noir are put into the press where the free run juice is separated out and blended with the first gentle press to extract juice but not colour or phenolics. After primary fermentation, the wine was then prepared and bottled for secondary fermentation. The wine was aged on lees for a minimum of 60 months during which the bubbles became smaller and more compact and autolysis, or the development of toast and bread character, took place. 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.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyard

Whitty Vineyard

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Noir

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2017 Blanc de Blanc

Fresh with notes of green apple, lemon, lime zest, mineral and light floral tones with notes of cream and lees.

$29.95

The nose is fresh with notes of green apple, lemon, lime zest, mineral and light floral tones with notes of cream and lees. The mousse is fine with a rich, creamy mouthful, refreshing acidity and notes of green apple. The finish is structured and refreshing with lingering minerality and a touch of sweetness. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.

This wine is a perfect aperitif and will pair nicely with fresh shucked oysters, sushi and composed salads.  Serve chilled at 5-8° C.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Our second Blanc de Blanc made from our neighbor Lado Viscek’s meticulously farmed vineyard, the fruit was hand-harvested in the second week of September 2017. The grapes were transferred gently into the press and the free run juice was captured separately to preserve the elegant profile. Primary fermentation was kept cool and in 100% stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was suppressed to keep the fresh fruit character in the wine. The secondary fermentation took place in bottle and the wine was aged sur lattes for a minimum of 12 months. After the lees was removed, winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas felt an addition of two grams per litre of sweetness was the perfect balance to the bracing acidity in the wine. The wine was disgorged in August 2019.

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The nose is fresh with notes of green apple, lemon, lime zest, mineral and light floral tones with notes of cream and lees. The mousse is fine with a rich, creamy mouthful, refreshing acidity and notes of green apple. The finish is structured and refreshing with lingering minerality and a touch of sweetness. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.

This wine is a perfect aperitif and will pair nicely with fresh shucked oysters, sushi and composed salads.  Serve chilled at 5-8° C.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Our second Blanc de Blanc made from our neighbor Lado Viscek’s meticulously farmed vineyard, the fruit was hand-harvested in the second week of September 2017. The grapes were transferred gently into the press and the free run juice was captured separately to preserve the elegant profile. Primary fermentation was kept cool and in 100% stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was suppressed to keep the fresh fruit character in the wine. The secondary fermentation took place in bottle and the wine was aged sur lattes for a minimum of 12 months. After the lees was removed, winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas felt an addition of two grams per litre of sweetness was the perfect balance to the bracing acidity in the wine. The wine was disgorged in August 2019.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyard

L. Viscek Vineyard

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

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NV Cuvée Rosé

Traditional method sparkling – hints of ripe berry, mineral, light spice & subtle anise …

$29.95

TASTING NOTES

Traditional method sparkling made from a blend of Chardonnay and  Pinot Noir.
The nose hints at ripe red berry, mineral, light spice and subtle anise. The mousse is creamy and fine, but the wine is dry and quite bracing with a long, fine finish of fruit skin, ripe stone fruit and light toast. Sparkling wines such as this, with their hint of sugar, bright acidity and carbon dioxide have all the necessary tools to age well for years. Although delicious and perfectly appropriate to drink this wine immediately, this wine will change and mellow through 2021.

Suitable as the perfect aperitif to serve friends and family on arrival at between 5 and 8°C. This wine will pair nicely with shellfish or poached fish in pink sauces, smoked salmon or tuna tartare, charcuterie plates or antipasti. Although not sweet enough to pair with dessert, try with high fat creamy fresh and bloomy rind cheeses such as Upper Canada ricotta drizzled with honey and topped with toasted, candied nuts. Will marry nicely with fresh strawberries in season drizzled with a little aged balsamic or topped with cracked pepper.

 

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TASTING NOTES

Traditional method sparkling made from a blend of Chardonnay and  Pinot Noir.
The nose hints at ripe red berry, mineral, light spice and subtle anise. The mousse is creamy and fine, but the wine is dry and quite bracing with a long, fine finish of fruit skin, ripe stone fruit and light toast. Sparkling wines such as this, with their hint of sugar, bright acidity and carbon dioxide have all the necessary tools to age well for years. Although delicious and perfectly appropriate to drink this wine immediately, this wine will change and mellow through 2021.

Suitable as the perfect aperitif to serve friends and family on arrival at between 5 and 8°C. This wine will pair nicely with shellfish or poached fish in pink sauces, smoked salmon or tuna tartare, charcuterie plates or antipasti. Although not sweet enough to pair with dessert, try with high fat creamy fresh and bloomy rind cheeses such as Upper Canada ricotta drizzled with honey and topped with toasted, candied nuts. Will marry nicely with fresh strawberries in season drizzled with a little aged balsamic or topped with cracked pepper.

 

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyard

Various

Grape Varieties

46% Pinot Noir, 54% Chardonnay

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Premier Cuvée 2013

Traditional method sparkling wine with aromas of lemon, apple and toasted brioche. GOLD Texsom 2019 International Wine Awards

$39.95

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.

WINEMAKING NOTES

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.

 

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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.

WINEMAKING NOTES

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.

 

Appellation

VQA Niagara Peninsula

Vineyard

Various

Grape Varieties

50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir

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