100% Pinot Blanc. Rich palate with opulent notes of brioche, toast, red apple and lemon underlined with chalk. Tangy acid and very fine bubbles. A very interesting Champagne that display intrigue and complexity. Just slightly heavy handed. Still worth buying though! A rare find.
From a steep, south-west facing, granite laced slope overlooking Lake Okanagan, just south of Vernon. The inaugural release, in part to mark the winery’s 10th anniversary. A very sound effort from winemaker Matthew Fortuna, who has never made sparkling wine before. Pretty, medium salmon in the glass, with a persistent mousse. Wild strawberry, floral and earthy notes up front with some mineral hints. Crisp but nicely textured with good mouthfeel through the finish.
A disciple of Anselme Selosse, Alexandre Chartogne has learned well. He crafts generous Champagne made from ripe grapes yet balanced by brisk acid. Even though this is a blend of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier, the Pinots really dominate the palate and the nose. Seductive notes of brioche, redcurrant and chalk. Lush palate with a symbiosis between the toasted and red fruit aromas. Great value!
Creamy and leesy with apple, citrus and spice, rich and vibrant, bright acidity, depth and complexity, elegant and refined. Particularly versatile with a variety of dishes. Should evolve nicely over the next several years.
Full and rich with bright red fruit flavours along with pear and spice, soft and expansive with a light grip, balanced acidity, nice depth and intensity on the lengthy finish.
A lively stream of fine bubbles with a good mousse. Citrus and nutty notes on top followed by a mouth-filling palate of dark cherry and citrus. Excellent depth and texture, definite “pinosity” and good length with juicy acidity. Lingering cherry-chocolate and zest in the finish. 100% Pinot Noir, 36 months on lees. One of the best from Fitzpatrick to date. It continues to evolve.
A classic blend of Pinot Noir (55%) and Chardonnay (45%). Fermented in neutral French oak, stainless steel barrels and tanks. A stream of fine bubbles and a good mousse with a touch of brioche on top, followed by a nicely textured and well-balanced palate of citrus and orchard notes before a crisp, clean finish. Interestingly, the wine is produced using the Charmat process, but its style leans towards the traditional method. A wickedly good tribute to the man who started it all. (