2013 Grande Cuvée Blanc de Noir

$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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2018 Blanc de Blanc

$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 2018 Blanc de Blanc is made from our neighbor Lado Viscek’s meticulously farmed vineyard. The fruit was hand-harvested in early September. Following harvest, 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. The wine was disgorged in summer 2020 with no dosage added, resulting in a classic Brut Nature.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2017/2018 was again mild, with an especially warm February, but a cool April with some snow and ice pushed bud-burst back for an average start to the growing season. Once the summer finally started it was hot and humid, with prolonged periods of extreme heat. Luckily rain started in September, perfect to refresh grapes destined for early picking such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay for sparkling and Pinot Gris and Chardonnay for whites. Unfortunately, the rain did not stop and there was some pressure to pick late ripening whites and early ripening reds before disease set in. Gamay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Merlot had to be sorted in the vineyard and again on sorting tables in the winery to ensure only pristine bunches were kept. The rain finally subsided in late October so late-ripening varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were harvested in pristine condition. Overall yields were low with intense ripeness in most varieties. Early picked whites are crisp and full of flavour while later picked reds are full-bodied with ripe tannins. Wines will be drinking well on release or can cellar for the medium term.

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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 2018 Blanc de Blanc is made from our neighbor Lado Viscek’s meticulously farmed vineyard. The fruit was hand-harvested in early September. Following harvest, 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. The wine was disgorged in summer 2020 with no dosage added, resulting in a classic Brut Nature.

VINTAGE NOTES

The winter of 2017/2018 was again mild, with an especially warm February, but a cool April with some snow and ice pushed bud-burst back for an average start to the growing season. Once the summer finally started it was hot and humid, with prolonged periods of extreme heat. Luckily rain started in September, perfect to refresh grapes destined for early picking such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay for sparkling and Pinot Gris and Chardonnay for whites. Unfortunately, the rain did not stop and there was some pressure to pick late ripening whites and early ripening reds before disease set in. Gamay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Merlot had to be sorted in the vineyard and again on sorting tables in the winery to ensure only pristine bunches were kept. The rain finally subsided in late October so late-ripening varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon were harvested in pristine condition. Overall yields were low with intense ripeness in most varieties. Early picked whites are crisp and full of flavour while later picked reds are full-bodied with ripe tannins. Wines will be drinking well on release or can cellar for the medium term.

Appellation

VQA Creek Shores

Vineyard

100% L. Viscek Vineyard

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

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Cuvée Rosé NV

$29.95

This is an LCBO Vintages essential

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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This is an LCBO Vintages essential

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

Pinot Noir 71%, Chardonnary 29%

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Premier Cuvée 2014

$39.95

The nose is complex with aromas of fresh dough, almond biscotti, baked red delicious apple and minerality. On the palate the mousse is fine with notes of toast, lemon custard 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 2014 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 fresh dough, almond biscotti, baked red delicious apple and minerality. On the palate the mousse is fine with notes of toast, lemon custard 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 2014 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 Niagara Peninsula

Grape Varieties

Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%

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WineAlign Sparkling Trio

$117.00

CANADA’S BEST WINES

WineAlign recently released their list of Canada’s Best Wines, and we are thrilled to announce that 15 of our wines made this lists. Kudos to winemaker Jean Pierre!!

To celebrate we have put together a special trio of our award winning sparkling wines.

Features:

  • Grande Cuvée Blanc de Noir 2013
    • 92 pts from John Szabo, MS, Michael Godel & David Lawrason
  • Premier Cuvée 2014
    • 91 pts from Janet Dorozynski & 90 pts John Szabo, MS, Michael Godel & David Lawrason
  • Blanc de Blanc 2018
    • 91 pts from David Lawrason & 90 pts from Michael Godel & John Szabo, MS

And includes a 10% discount and free shipping within Ontario.

 

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CANADA’S BEST WINES

WineAlign recently released their list of Canada’s Best Wines, and we are thrilled to announce that 15 of our wines made this lists. Kudos to winemaker Jean Pierre!!

To celebrate we have put together a special trio of our award winning sparkling wines.

Features:

  • Grande Cuvée Blanc de Noir 2013
    • 92 pts from John Szabo, MS, Michael Godel & David Lawrason
  • Premier Cuvée 2014
    • 91 pts from Janet Dorozynski & 90 pts John Szabo, MS, Michael Godel & David Lawrason
  • Blanc de Blanc 2018
    • 91 pts from David Lawrason & 90 pts from Michael Godel & John Szabo, MS

And includes a 10% discount and free shipping within Ontario.