We have maintained a time honoured tradition by naming our sparkling wines after the widow and matriarch of the family. Named after Catharine Smith, Henry (Smith) of Pelham’s wife, Cuvée Catharine is a hand-picked, bottle fermented sparkling wine that sees lengthy aging.
There are two non-vintage wines in the portfolio, a Brut and a Rose Brut, both of which are made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (and vice versa, respectively). They see aging en tirage for an average of 30 months, meaning that it takes up to 3 years from harvest to finished wine, exceptional in New World sparkling wine production at the non-vintage level.
In 2013 a vintage dated Blanc de Blanc (all Chardonnay) wine was added to the portfolio as a tête de cuvée for our 25th anniversary of winemaking. This wine saw 54 months of bottle aging after partial barrel fermentation.
Elegant sparkling wines in the most classic tradition. Refreshing and delicate with the toasty character of long-term aging in bottle.
Carte Blanche is the vintage dated Cuvée Catharine. Entirely estate grown Chardonnay is hand picked, the best of the best juice is isolated, partially barrel fermented and then aged for 60 months in the bottle before being disgorged. Look for elegant lemony flavours and aromas of freshly baked bread.
“One of the classiest pint bubblies from Ontario shows a subtle nose of fresh raspberry, icing sugar and fresh bread-altogether like a delicate raspberry pastry. It’s light to mid-weight and vaguely sweet, with a fine, racy effervescence and a drier, bracing finish. Very good length.” – 90 points
– David Lawrason, WineAlign.com