The nose is fresh and pure with classic aromas of toasty brioche and light fruity notes of apple and lemon. The mousse is fine with bracing acidity refreshing the palate on the long toasty finish. 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. Serve chilled at 5-8° C.
A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the 2012 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 The Pinot Noir provides notes of berry fruit, power and richness while Chardonnay the acidic structure and backbone. This dry sparkling wine underwent second fermentation in the final bottle and aged sur lattes (en tirage) 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 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. This wine was not exposed to oak and did not undergo malolactic fermentation.
Wine ReviewsJOHN SZABO MS — Winealign
"The latest release of the Premier Cuvée from 13th Street is a 50-50 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, with 48 months on the lees prior to disgorging. The vintage was a warm one for Niagara, and the richness comes through here in the gently oxidative, generous autumnal fruit, all binned apples and dried pears, alongside a generous dose doughy-yeasty-biscuity character. The palate is generously proportioned in the sparkling realm, still framed by brisk acids in an essentially dry and crisp style. Length is very good to excellent. It's a fine Premier Cuvée from 13th Street to be sure, structured, fullish and substantially flavoured all in all, and fairly priced, too. Tasted November 2017."Andre Proulx — Andrewinerewview.ca
"4+ STARS: This bone dry bottle of sparkling was made with zero dosage. The aromas offer up a nice toasty note layered over orchard fruit. This is exactly what I would expect from the warm 2012 summer to be captured. Golden delicious apple and citrus dance on the tongue and are met with beautiful acidity. As the wine finishes a mineral note makes itself known and welcome to help round out the package and give this wine some nice depth. "