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Blanc de Blanc 2016 98
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Fresh with notes of citrus and apple yet rich with notes of cream and lees

The nose is fresh with notes of citrus and apple yet rich with notes of cream and lees. The mousse is fine with a rich, creamy mouthful, refreshing acidity and notes of green apple. The finish is structured and refreshing with lingering minerality. Certainly perfect to drink now but will further develop complexities through short to medium term aging.

This wine is a perfect aperitif and will pair nicely with fresh shucked oysters, sushi and composed salads.  Serve chilled at 5-8° C.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Our first single vineyard sparkling wine and our first Blanc de Blanc, the fruit was hand-harvested in the first week of September 2016. The grapes were transferred gently into the press and the free run juice was captured separately to preserve the elegant profile. Primary fermentation was kept cool and in 100% stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was suppressed to keep the fresh fruit character in the wine. The secondary fermentation took place in bottle and the wine was aged sur lattes for a minimum of 12 months. After the lees was removed, 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.

Blanc de Blanc 2016

 

Wine Reviews

Carolyn Evans Hammond — The Toronto Star

98 Points

" " With the first sip, I knew it was something special — especially at the anticipated price of less than $30. I gave it 98 points, the highest score I’ve awarded a wine to date. "
Until now, few people knew one of Chablis’ most celebrated vignerons makes wine right here in Ontario.
His name is Jean Pierre Colas, and he is capable of turning Chardonnay grapes into the purest, most riveting expression of that variety I’ve tasted in the New World. He works at 13th Street Winery in Niagara. And he has just made a sparkling Chardonnay that can make you believe in God.
Beautifully aromatic with intense purity of fruit and plunging acidity, this wine tastes marvellous. The firm beam of flavour is felt as much as it is tasted. If sunlight had flavour, this would be it — shot through with delicate bubbles and seasoned with hovering notes of salt, wet stones and a certain citrus-floral note. Exciting stuff.
Full review: https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2018/09/21/top-winemaker-from-chablis-creates-a-pure-and-transparent-chardonnay-in-ontario.html"

RICK VANSICKLE — WINESINNIAGARA.COM

93 Points

" This traditionally-made Chardonnay sparkler from the single vineyard L. Viscek site in the Creek Shores sub-appellation is quite something. The vineyard is owned and farmed by 13th Street (original site) neighbour Lado Viscek and was planted in the early 1990s. The vineyard shares many of the same micro-climatic influences as the estate’s personable June’s Vineyard, which is influenced by the moderating effect of Lake Ontario. Soils are also similar but instead of a mix of yellow limestone and clay loam, L. Viscek is composed of pure clay loam, and the clay is a bit lighter than that found at June’s Vineyard.
The wine spends 12 months on the lees with zero dosage and full malo. It’s the minerality and freshness that shines on the nose, the beautiful brioche and toast, the flint and floral accents to go with cut citrus and green apple notes. It has an energetic mousse on the palate, pristine lemon and grapefruit, green apple, oyster shells, subtle toasty/leesy/baked bread notes and razor sharp acidity to keep this perky through the finish. It’s a fresh and elegant wine that will be even lovelier in a couple of years."

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