92 pts

Premier Cuvée 2014

Tasting Notes

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.

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$39.95

APPELLATION

VQA Niagara Peninsula

VINEYARD

Various Niagara Peninsula

GRAPE VARIETY

40% Chardonnay
60% Pinot Noir

BRIX AT HARVEST

18.7

ALCOHOL CONTENT

12.5%

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3 grams/Litre

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.

 

92 pts

Matt Steeves, Quercusvino

13th Street Winery’s Premier Cuvée 2014 is a beautiful expression of the fine sparkling wines their talented winemaker produces each and every year. Produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and refreshing – and what most come to love and expect with any premium sparking wine. The 2014 vintage is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, which benefitted from 48+ months lees aging, with no oak influence, thereby preserving the natural fruit characteristics, with the added complexity those four years of aging on the lees adds in the bottle. Crisp golden apple, biscuit, nutty notes, and a hint of honey on the nose and palate. Great structure with mouthwatering freshness making it a terrific choice to enjoy for any celebration and with a wide range of dishes, and a great candidate for medium term cellaring. Drink 2020-2030. Tasted September 2020. 92+ points

91 pts

John Szabo MS, WineAlign

Smoky, toasty, leesy, autolytic, this mature but not tired traditional method bubbly from 13th Street is drinking beautifully at the moment, with a complex amalgam of baked apple and caramelized citrus flavours, balanced-firm acids and a long, nutty, white chocolate-inflected finish. This is quality bubbly, ready to drink, though there's no rush, either. Tasted October 2020.

90 pts

Michael Godel, WineAlign

Toasty and oh so very lees driven with more oxidative notes than many, mixed and dancing withy autolysis and rangy acidity. Complexity and character are inhibited or expanded upon by bitters, like toasted almond, depending on your angle. No shortage of things to talk about in this wine. Drink 2020-2024. Tasted October 2020.

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