The Explorer 6 Pack
Club Price: $176.40
Order early to enjoy these wines during the Thanksgiving long weekend, or sooner!
Enjoy this Explorer Pack of 6 wines, curated for the curious wine lover. Perfect for the Fall table, these wines will allow you to explore food and wine pairing while enjoying time with family and friends.
Includes 6 bottles of wine, one each of:
- 2016 Vision Chardonnay
- 2016 Old Vines Riesling
- 2020 Family Rosé
- 2018 Pinot Noir
- 2017 Old Vines Foch
- 2010 Late Harvest Pinot Gris (375ml)
Make your order a 12 bottle case and enjoy free shipping in BC and a flat rate $20 shipping anywhere else in Canada.
ABOUT THE WINES
2016 Vision Chardonnay
“Honeyed, creamy, vibrant. Vision is one of the new label series by Sperling Vineyards. This golden-hued Chardy doles out sweet peaches and yellow apples, honey and juicy lemony aromas. It is creamy and equally bright with no sharp edges. Honeyed and vibrant with impressive purity and a mineral textured finish. Delicious and lengthy; a notable wine.” -Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva
Select blocks are hand harvested on cool September mornings at 13% potential alcohol, cluster sorted, then gently whole cluster pressed. Slightly settled juice is transferred to 500 L French oak puncheons to wild ferment and complete a native malolactic fermentation. Each barrel becomes a unique ferment with individual properties lending complexity to the wine. Select barrels are blended and bottled after 10-12 months of aging on lees. Batonage may be employed, but generally not a great deal.
2016 Old Vines Riesling
“I’m in right from go - clear tertiary development shows up alongside fleshy apple, pips and lime zest. The palate doesn’t disappoint, showing an obvious pedigree of acids gliding alongside deft residual sweetness. Finishes long and textural in that way only Riesling can.” 92 pts -Brent Muller, Wine Align
Old Vines Riesling: the jewel, our flagship. Not released until 2 years in the bottle has past. Most years, harvested at 20.5 to 21.5 brix and 10 g/L acidity. Fruit hand-harvested cool in late-fall, then bunch sorted and destemmed with a 4-6 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.
2020 Family Rosé
Organic Heritage Family Rosé - a batch of 3 stainless steel barrels, this co-ferment captures berries, white peach and citrus notes on the nose and a juiciness on the palate to be enjoyed anytime. Try taking it on the patio, on its own or with some fresh local cheeses and other nibbles. Drink Organic Pink this spring!
2018 Pinot Noir
“As a loyal lover of Ontario pinot noir, I have to give this BC version from Sperling a great deal of credit as it exhibits great restraint in the face of so much glorious fruit. The tension, authenticity and purity of flavour is notable. Showing gentle maturity and a delightful textural mouthfeel, this pinot noir also has enough acidity to see it into the next half decade. Tasted April 2020.” 91pts -Sara D’Amato, Wine Align
Planted in 2008 on blocks noted for their calcium-limestone rich clay soils, three Dijon clones (114, 777, 828) were planted on three different rootstocks (10114, 3309 & Paulson) with Pinot Noir clones planted totalling 8.5 acres on two benches and nearly every facet of our hillside vineyard, we select the best suited sites each vintage for Red. Fermented in 1 and 4 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, with a tiny percentage of new wood.
2017 Old Vines Foch Reserve
“This old vine, organic Foch was planted in the 1960s by winemaker Ann Sperling’s dad, Bert. It produces low yields with berries that are high in concentration. It’s tight on the nose, but swirl away and it will reveal a range of cassis, anise, black currants and earth followed by earthy/forest floor notes. It’s highly structured and complex on the palate but the fruit pops with dark berries, a touch of kirsch, licorice, savoury herbs, earth and depth through a long and lively finish. History in a bottle here.” 92 pts -Rick VanSickle, Wines of Niagara
Old Vines Foch – very old vines, planted in the 1960s on gravelly soil with amazingly deep roots, this block crops like clock-work each vintage. Fruit is small berried, dark and rich but never jammy. Whole clusters, at 45% by weight are included in the wild yeast fermentation. After ~15 days, we press and send the young wine to barrels for malolactic fermentation and 10 months of aging in a variety of newer and neutral oak barrels.
2010 Late Harvest Pinot Gris
"What a great opportunity to see what 10 years of bottle aging does to a wine. This Gris was partially botrytis affected, a tricky venture in the vineyard that can add complexity, intensity and a honeyed character to still or late harvest wines. The nose on this gem is thrilling with notes of compoted apricot, wild honey, lanoline, cantaloupe and candied tropical fruits. It has wonderful texture, almost oily in the mouth with notes of beeswax, honeycomb, concentrated tropical fruits, ginger spice and ripe apricot that’s sweet but tempered by a firm acidic backbone. It has a luxurious feel on the finish and just starting to show wonderful tertiary flavours. Can cellar even longer to entice added layers of flavour. 93 points" -Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara
375ML BOTTLE - 11 years ago, we selected Pinot Gris berries that were affected by botrytis to make this wine. The noble rot intensifies and contributes a honeyed character to a full bodied wine. This wine is not sweet but rich and long on the palate. Best with dried fruit, roasted nuts and mature cheese. A decade later this wine remains fresh and delicious!