Holiday Celebration Bundle
Celebrate the Holidays with 3 of our favourites: A classic Champagne-style sparkling, an elegant Pinot Noir Reserve, & a beautiful Old Vines Riesling.
Sperling Vineyards Vision Series Brut Reserve 2010 - 94 pts
The blend for this fascinating, long-lees aged, traditionally made sparkling wine is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and made with zero dosage. Right out of the glass, this thrilling bubble shows the complexity that an extended lees aged wine brings to the party, with autolytic notes right off the top followed by creamy brioche, lemon tart, mulled apples, a gentle, elegant bead, and lovely saline/oyster shell accents in a seductive, multi-dimensional style. Such vim and vigour on the palate for a wine of this age with toasty/bready notes, a creamy, yet vital, texture, a soft, elegant bead, lemon, pear, green apple, subtle savoury berries, flinty/autolytic notes, and mouth-watering acidity keeping this perfectly mature wine vibrant through the finish. What a treat!"
Sperling Vineyards Vision Pinot Noir Reserve 2020 - 93 pts
The Vision Series Pinot Noir was planted in 2008 on blocks noted for their calcium-limestone rich clay soils. Sperling chose three Dijon clones (114, 777, 828) planted on three different rootstocks (10114, 3309 & Paulson) for the 8.5 acres of hillside vineyard. It was fermented in one- and four-tonne lots, including 40% whole clusters, hand-picked, and sorted fruit is wild fermented to both alcoholic and malolactic dryness, then barrel aged in large format (265, 300 & 500 L) French oak barrels for 18 months (with a tiny percentage of new wood). The intriguing nose begins with notes of forest floor and late autumn leaves and opens to a melange of savoury red berries, beet root, nutmeg and spice notes that are fully integrated. It’s silky smooth on the palate with ripe and savoury black raspberries, cherry tart, anise, sage, earthy notes, spice, and a long finish fuelled by mouth-watering acidity. Beautiful, complex and cellar-worthy Pinot Noir."
Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Riesling 2017 - 94 pts
This is the estate’s jewel, its flagship wine that’s not released until two years in the bottle have passed. The fruit is hand-harvested cool in late fall, then bunch sorted and destemmed with a four-to-six-hour cold soak before gentle pressing. Slightly settled juice is fermented cool with non-aromatic and wild yeast in stainless steel to desired dryness when fermentation is halted. It shows a light golden colour in the glass and a nose of lime peel, emerging sweet petrol, bergamot, bin apples, a subtle note of ginger and wave after wave of river-rock/saline minerality. It’s crisp, vibrant, and joyful on the palate with wild honey sweetness tempered by racy acidity, lime zest, bin apple, ginger, and savoury notes that all together is a deep, complex and minerally-driven Riesling with a fresh, saline finish. Bravo!"
Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara