LCBO Vintages Release
Behind the gold label is one of Canada’s most elegant, consistent sparkling wines. A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a small quantity of Pinot Gris, the fruit is hand-harvested from Blue Mountain’s estate vineyard in the Okanagan Valley. After whole-cluster pressing, the juice was fermented by varietal, then blended and bottled. The wine is made in the traditional method: secondary fermentation takes place in-bottle, as in Champagne, not in a tank, as in Prosecco and many inexpensive sparklers. Following the second fermentation, the wine aged on fine lees in-bottle for two years. It spent another nine months in bottle after disgorging.
The Brut has a fine mousse, with lemon curd and toast on the nose and palate and a crisp citron finish.
“Encountered several times through Gold Medal Plates, where it ended up being named of Best of Show at the Winnipeg event in 2015, going on to the finals at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Kelowna, Feb 2016. It is wonderfully, vibrant, compact brut with subtle but generous aromas of berry fruit, lemon hazelnut and vague toastiness. Mid-weight, dry and nicely even on the palate with a firm mousse and excellent length. A touch flinty as well. Very good to excellent length.”
91 points, David Lawrason, Wine Align, Feb 2016
“The standard for a reason, and the latest release of Gold Label Brut doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it feels even sprightlier and livelier than ever. The latest release is based on 2014 fruit and disgorged in March 2017 – key intel on the back label. Okanagan Falls estate pinot noir and chardonnay is splashed with five percent pinot gris before two years on the lees. All are whole cluster pressed, and fermented separately before blending. Lemon zest leads this NV, with green apple, light biscuit, chalk across a nimble, lemony palate. Lively, bright and complete, striking a perfect chord between the bright acidity and the 8 g/l RS, this is deserving of its classic status and one of Canada’s best bubbles, year after year.“
91 points, Treve Ring, Gismondi on Wine, Oct 2017
“When the non-vintage Sparkling is completely reminiscent of recently tasted vintage-dated bottles from the same house, that’s a good thing. Matt Mavety’s Brut is all Blue Mountain and here almost a hyperbole of the R.D.’s, with exaggerated gingery and bronzing to golds notes and tones. Something about this Gold Label reminds me of dried golden (Thompson) raisins and warm, coppery wire. It’s also filled with skin aromatics, from red apples to sweet and sour caramelizing vidalia onion, bosc pear to zesty lemon. The acidity is spot on. Delicious stuff. “
90 points, Michael Godel, Wine Align, Jan 2017