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

Brix at Harvest

18.4

Alcohol Content

12.5%

Residual Sugar

3 grams/Litre

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Reviews

94 Points -- Bruce Wallner -- WineAlign

“Classic traditional (Champagne) method sparkling with loads of complexity. Almost too much toast, cream and apricot marmalade … then, POW! Cleans up with extraordinarily fresh citrus. A legitimately great drink.”

92 Points -- Rick Vansickle -- Wines in Niagara

“A 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that is made in the traditional method but has zero dosage and no oak treatment. This is how winemaker Colas likes to build his sparkling wines — completely naked and unmasked so you taste the grapes and the vineyard, not the meddling oak and sugar. The nose shows bright citrus, melba toast, green apple, stony minerality and subtle brioche and cream. It’s razor sharp and taut on the palate with tight, persistent bubbles and electric acidity driving the citrus, green apple, minerals and creamy/toasty notes through a mouth-watering finish.”

91 Points -- David Lawrason -- WineAlign

“Here's a complex, mature dry traditional method sparkler with lifted aromas of macadamia nut, toast, hay, honey and dried apple fruit. It is medium-bodied, firm, almost tart-edged and quite intense. The length is excellent, the finish shows lemon, nut and earthy notes. It is a 50-50 pinot chardonnay blend that spent 48 months on the lees. Tasted Dec 2019”

Texsom International Wine Awards -- Texsom International Wine Awards

“GOLD - 2019 Texsom International Wine Awards https://competition.texsomiwa.com/wines/results”