- APPELLATION: VQA Niagara Peninsula
- VINEYARD(S): Various
- GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 54% Chardonnay & 46% Pinot Noir
- BRIX AT HARVEST: 18.5°
- ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.5%
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: 10 grams– Dry
- TOTAL PRODUCTION: 2500 cases of six
- LCBO VINTAGES ESSENTIAL: #147504
Traditional method sparkling made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The nose hints at ripe red berry, mineral, light spice and subtle anise. The mousse is creamy and fine, but the wine is dry and quite bracing with a long, fine finish of fruit skin, ripe stone fruit and light toast. Sparkling wines such as this, with their hint of sugar, bright acidity and carbon dioxide have all the necessary tools to age well for years. Although delicious and perfectly appropriate to drink this wine immediately, this wine will change and mellow through 2021.
Suitable as the perfect aperitif to serve friends and family on arrival at between 5 and 8°C. This wine will pair nicely with shellfish or poached fish in pink sauces, smoked salmon or tuna tartare, charcuterie plates or antipasti. Although not sweet enough to pair with dessert, try with high fat creamy fresh and bloomy rind cheeses such as Upper Canada ricotta drizzled with honey and topped with toasted, candied nuts. Will marry nicely with fresh strawberries in season drizzled with a little aged balsamic or topped with cracked pepper.
Wine ReviewsRemy Charest — WINE ALIGN
"Vineux, with a generous fruity, here is a seductive sparkling, balanced dosage, which puts full mouth. A glass is returned with a smile."DJ Kearney — WineAlign.com
"This traditional method sparkling wine is 71% pinot noir and 29% chardonnay, with a tiny hint of gamay. Very bready/yeasty nose; plenty of toasty, caramelly maturation. Ultra-autolytic, chiselled acidity and truly sophisticated. Tasted June 2017"Jamie Goode — www.wineanorak.com
"2014 vintage Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gamay (as a red wine, which helps with the colour and fruit flavour). 7 g/l dosage. Good solid pink/red colour. Fresh and expressive with red cherries and nice texture. Lovely fruit expression. Supple, fruity style with a bit of sappiness. 90/100"