It all began in 1927, when Andrew Peller first arrived in Canada from Hungary. Having owned a series of successful businesses, he wanted to finally pursue his dream. He envisioned a day when Canadians, like Europeans, would come to appreciate premium-quality wines and enjoy sharing them with family and friends. The family proudly carries on Andrew's tradition of crafting wine with an uncommon commitment to quality.
This sparkling wine is one of Peller Estates' most critically acclaimed bottles. It is made with a blend of hand-picked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (Peller do not specify the proportions, which, being a NV wine, alters from year to year), but with the finishing dosage being their Vidal icewine to create a unique burst of flavour and finesse.
Peller's Ice Cuvees are made using the traditional method and are bottled as Niagara Peninsula VQA (VQA =Vintners Quality Alliance, the Canadian equivalent of the French AOC/AOP or Spanish DO, guaranteeing the high quality and authenticity of origin for Canadian wines made under that system in British Columbia and Ontario).
For this wine, individual batches of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are fermented in tank. A cuvee/stock wine is made using a selection of these wines which are then bottled with yeast and sugar. After ageing on the lees for approximately 30 months, the bottles are riddled, disgorged and a dosage of Vidal icewine is added.
A bouquet of apricot, yeast and ripe apple with just a hint of honey greets the nose, followed by tropical fruit flavours on the palate and a refreshing hit of pink grapefruit on the finish. While it's a perfect celebration wine, this off-dry crowd pleaser is also a surprisingly versatile food wine that shines with every course of the meal.
Enjoy it with salty appetizers, main courses of seafood, risotto, spicy Asian dishes or Indian curries, and fresh fruit and creamy cheeses at the end of the meal. Serve within two or three years from purchase at a cool 8 to 10°C in sparkling wine glasses.
NB: gift box available, if requested by customer.
ABV = 12.0%.
Champagne Pol Roger has been producing exceptional champagne for over 160 years. To this day the house remains small, family-owned, fiercely independent and unrivalled in its reputation for quality. Indeed, it is this quality which brought about Sir Winston Churchill’s lifelong attachment to Pol Roger, who famously insisted “In defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it”.
It has a definitive house-style, composed from 30 still base wines drawn from at least three vintages, and the three varieties of Champagne, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier blended in equal portions. Pol Roger is the perfect apéritif champagne which is never released until it is at least three years old.
Brut Réserve is blended from 30 still base wines from different vineyards, different vintages and the three main grape varieties which dominate the champagne region: Pinot Noir contributes body, depth of character and life-extending tannins and comes from the villages of the Montagne de Reims – Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Ambonnay, Mardeuil and Louvois; Chardonnay provides the lightness, elegance and finesse and is drawn from Epernay itself and the villages of the Côte des Blancs – Cuis, Oiry, Oger, Vertus, Moussy and Chouilly; Pinot Meunier supplies youthful freshness, vigour and plump character with the grapes coming from the Vallée d’Epernay – Vincelles, Venteuil, Troissy, Damery, Vandières, Brugny, Chavot, Monthelon and Pierry.
On the nose, the champagne is dominated by white flowers, green apple, brioche and a trace of minerality. On the palate there are notes of stone fruits, a certain nuttiness and a hint of honey supporting the freshness of the acidity. UK stock receives an additional 6 months post-disgorgement ageing so it is ready to drink upon release but cellaring for a few years will reveal greater depths. The apéritif champagne par excellence but one which has sufficient backbone to be drunk with fish and even spicy dishes.
ABV = 12.5%.