Pinot Meunier, alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are the three varietals traditionally grown in Champagne. Traditionally saved for blending, our winemaker, Philip Dowell, eagerly set aside the 2016 vintage of our Pinot Meunier for single varietal, sparkling production. This sparkling wine is the first of its kind in Ontario not only because it is made entirely of Pinot Meunier, but also because it has no dosage. Omitting the dosage, or "liqueur d'expedition,” at the end of the Traditional Method results in a remarkably clean, dry sparkling wine.
Light straw in colour, ripe lychee and citrus on the nose are complimented by a sweet floral undertone. Crisp lemon, white grapefruit and pear dominate on the palate. Notes of grapefruit and green apple remain on the long, acidic finish.
Seafood, particularly oysters, pair perfectly with this sparkling wine. As well, heavier foods such as risottos, mushrooms and heavy sauces, nicely compliment this wine. Specific meals we found best compliment this wine include, warm red quinoa and beet salad, Rotisserie-style peppered chicken and sweet potato wedges. Cheese that pair well with this Pinot Meunier sparkling are Manchego, aged cheddar and smoked gouda.
|100% Pinot Meunier||Estate||Beamsville Bench||Stainless Steel, 1 ½ years on lees|
|Release Date||Alcohol||Residual Sugar||Cases|
|June 2018||12.6%||3.0 g/L||211|