Premier Cuvée 2018
The nose is complex with aromas of fresh dough, lemon cream, and stony minerality. On the palate the mousse is fine with flavors of white cherry, red current, lemon cake, almond, fresh croissant and brioche, complemented by refreshing acidity on the long finish. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.
This wine will pair nicely with fresh oysters, halibut, or lobster. Also, a perfect pairing with triple cream cheeses and potato chips with a creamy onion dip. Or serve on its own as the perfect aperitif.
VQA Niagara Peninsula
Select Niagara Penisula
37% Pinot Noir
BRIX AT HARVEST
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.
Michael Godel, WineAlign
Always the most autolytic of 13th Street’s sparkling wines from a mix of chardonnay and pinot noir though the former is usually and nominally more prevalent than the latter. There is an extra level of punchy unction and stuffing salpicon to develop another level of Premier Cuvée gastronomy. All the elements of a full and substantial sparkling wine are present to make this 2018 one of Niagara bubbles you need to know. Drink 2023-2027. Tasted November 2023.
David Lawrason, WineAlign
This shows impressive structure, depth with and intensity and a slightly creamy palate. The nose is lifted and complex with plenty of mature nutty and brioche character, dried apple and a touch of farmy/earthiness. Sturdy, with a hint residual sugar but it is built on firm acidity. The length is excellent to outstanding. Tasted November 2023