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

Brix at Harvest

18.7

Alcohol Content

12.5%

Residual Sugar

5 grams/Litre

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Reviews

93 Points -- Rick Vansickle -- Wines in Niagara

“This is another well-priced sparkler from Colas with the focus, again, on freshness and not sugar and oak. Only a 2 g/l dosage was added to the 100% traditionally made Chardonnay from the neighbouring L. Viscek Vineyard and there was no malo or oak aging but it was aged sur lattes for a minimum of 12 months. There is a gorgeous floral opening on the nose with fresh-cut citrus, pristine river-rock minerality, salinity, green apple and a leesy note. It’s zippy and fresh on the palate with mouth-watering acidity that highlights lemon, green apple, babbling brook minerality and verve through a finessed finish. I would age this 4+ years but quite attractive right now.”