93 pts

Premier Cuvée 2017

Tasting Notes

The nose is complex with aromas of fresh dough, tarte tatin, brown sugar and custard. On the palate the mousse is fine with notes of ripe red apple,  fresh dough and stony minerality, complemented by refreshing acidity on the long finish. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.

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$39.95

APPELLATION

VQA Niagara Peninsula

VINEYARD

Select Niagara Peninsula

GRAPE VARIETY

45% Pinot Noir
55% Chardonnay

BRIX AT HARVEST

17.8

ALCOHOL CONTENT

12.5%

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3 grams/Litre

This wine will pair nicely with freshly 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 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 2017 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 in stainless steel 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.

93 pts

Rick Vansickle, Wines In Niagara

This blend of mostly estate Chardonnay (55%) and Pinot Noir (45%) was aged on the lees for a minimum of 48 months. After disgorging, winemaker JP 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. It is gorgeous on the nose with bright, fresh saline minerality, lifted lemon and ripe apple, with baked bread and toasty autolytic notes along with subtle berries. The bubble in the glass and on the palate is persistent and lively with stony/flinty minerality, apple and pear fruit, lemon-citrus accents, bready/brioche notes, and all together lifted and finessed through a brilliantly crisp finish. Can cellar 5+ years for further development.

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