Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Peller Estates Ice Cuvée Rosé NV

An interesting sparkling wine from Niagra, Canada here. It's a traditional method sparkling wine made from 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Cabernet Franc. After vinification and 12 to 14 months on lees, the wine is disgorged and a dosage of 115 ml of Cabernet Franc and Vidal icewine is added.

I didn't know what to expect really, but I was impressed. I was also impressed by the white version a couple of years ago. The rosé has strong red-fruit character, quite strawberry-ish. A touch of sweetness, but not enough to qualify as a demi-sec type wine. Overall highly enjoyable.

Canadian wine isn't easy to get in the UK, and little wonder why when you look at the cost. This goes for $35 Canadian, which is about £22 using today's exchange rates. Is it as good as sparkling wines from England, Spain, Tasmania, etc? Perhaps, but Canada can't really compete on price.

Ice Cuvée Rosé NV VQA
Niagra, Ontario, Canada
$35 CDN

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