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2012 Archangel Chardonnay Sparkling VQA Niagara Peninsula

Although the tradition of making sparkling wine is more than 500 years old, it has recently experienced a sort of renaissance amongst wine drinkers. These curious drinkers are recognizing that some of the highest quality sparkling wines come from non-traditional places and are in fact excellent everyday wines, not just for celebratory events.

Our sparkling wine history dates back to 2007, when we experimented with a small bottling of Pinot Noir Rosé. We were so pleased with the results that we moved on to create a blanc de blancs (white wine made from white grapes).

All of our Archangel sparkling wines are vinified using the traditional method, which means that the wine was aged on lees in the bottle that is available on the shelf. A pure and elegant way of crafting sparkling wine, this method allows the wine to develop a great amount of complexity, while maintaining its delicate character. We believe that wine should be a reflection of the local terroir and the nuances of each vintage, therefore our sparkling wines are vintage dated.

In the end, the wine speaks for itself with notes of green apple, pear and bread on the nose. The bubbles on the palate explode, creating a clean and fresh feeling, assisted further by a touch of tart acidity. Tree fruits such as citrus, apple, peach and pear are the immediate flavours. The finish is both long and dry.

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Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard: Emerald Shore Vineyard
Aging Process: Bottle Fermented (Traditional Method), Minimum 12 Months on Lees
Alcohol: 12%
Cases: 6000

 


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