Pinot Meunier, alongside Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are the three varietals traditionally grown in Champagne. Usually saved for blending, our winemaker, Philip Dowell, eagerly set aside the 2017 vintage of our Pinot Meunier for a 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.
Golden honey in colour, ripe apple and peach on the nose are complemented by undertones of toasted almond and brioche. Notes of lychee, pear and bruléed peach dominate the palate. Round with a refined and delicate mousse, the Pinot Meunier has a long and well-balanced finish
Seafood, particularly oysters, pair perfectly with this sparkling wine. As well, heavier foods such as risottos, mushrooms and heavy sauces, nicely complement 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 1/2 years on lees|
|Release Date||Alcohol||Residual Sugar||Cases|
|August 29, 2019||12.5%||3.9 g/L||267|