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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 they do in Champagne, not in a tank which is the method for making 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 citrusy finish.
“This crisp and refreshing sparkling wine is a blend of about 60% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris grapes, and is designated BC VQA. It spent two years resting on its lees to give it richness and creaminess that challenges the best of N.V. Champagnes. A zesty, refreshing bubbly with vibrant green apple notes. Clean finish. Great price. It offers low alcohol but lots of taste and a persistent mousse. Pair with oysters and mussels. Scrumptious Seafood Wine. “
93 points, Natalie Maclean, Jan 2021
“Clean and highly toasty, a very biscuity style of traditional method sparkling. Length and depth are impressive. Always in the top echelon of Canadian bubbly. Drink or hold mid-term.”
91 points, John Szabo, Wine Align, May 2019