Wine of the Week – Week #5
Look for the Valentine Wine’n’Chocolate Draw at the end of this blog
What better way to celebrate February, the month of love, then to snuggle by a warm fire with a bottle of bubbly. January began with a traditional method sparkling, February starts with a Prince Edward County, Ontario, sparkling Charmat.
The wine: White Cap Method Charmat 2013 $22
Made from Vidal and Riesling grapes seasoned with 7% Muscat, the wine underwent secondary fermentation in a pressurized tank to trap the bubbles within the wine. Charmat sparklings often refered to as ‘prosecco’ or ‘asti’ style wines and are younger and have a fruitier flavour than traditional method sparklings.
The winery: Hinterland Wine Company
Hinterland specializes in sparkling wines. It opened in 2010 in a renovated dairy barn on the Closson Road in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
The winemaker/owner: Jonas Newman
Most of the major reviewers have visited Hinterland winery and commented favourably on their wines including David Lawrason, John Szabo, Beppi Crosariol, Konrad Ejbich and others. Hinterland was one of three Ontario wineries chosen to pour their sparking wines at Rediscover Canadian Wines in London England in May 2013.
Why I chose this wine:
I discovered Hinterland Winery a year ago. The wind and the snowplow had knocked down their sign so we drove past it at least five times before finding it. Jonas gave us a complete tour including a fascinating demonstration of how to disgorge the sediment from a traditional method sparkling and then let us have a tasting of the wine. He also explained about Charmat production and when we tasted the White Cap with its fresh sparkling floral and aromatic notes it had to come home with us.
Jonas Newman has been very generous with his advice to other County winemakers and now Rosehall Run, Casa-Dea Estates and Lighthall Vineyard are all developing sparkling wines.
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