Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling Wine Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling
Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, VQA, Canada
Community Reviews: 10
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 92/100
This sparkling gets better every year, even though it's not vintage-dated. Lovely finesse and mousse with green apple vibrancy. The grapes were hand-picked in 50 pound lugs so they weren't bruised. The winery does press fractioning meaning the first bit of the juice (the head) and the last bit (the tail) aren't used in the wine just the juiciest, tastiest part of the juice. They also use the traditional Champagne method to make the wine. The wine spends 30 months on the lees which gives it a creamy texture. Serve as an aperitif on its own or add 1 oz. of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvee Catharine to make a Kir Catharine.
Sparkling food pairings: salmon caviar with sour cream; malpeque oysters with a hint of lemon.
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This Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling was reviewed on February 6, 2017 by Natalie MacLean
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|Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:|
A beautiful wine to give as a hostes gift, or enjoy with friends. Named for Henry (of Pelham's) widow, Catherine, this is a blend of 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and made using only the best juice from those grapes. Light, beautiful notes of lemon zest and apple. Bright acidity, perfect for oysters, seafood, or any party appetizers. (January 2017)
|Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:|
The Cuvee Catharine Brut is named after Henry Smith's wife Catharine. Similar to Veuve Cliquot, Cuvee Catharine Brut takes the name of Henry's widow. Henry owned the Pelham toll Road, hence the original of the winery name. Hand harvested slightly under ripe, 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, this traditional method Ontario blend offers exceptional flavour and aromatics. Aged 30 months on lees in bottle, lending a toasty almond, hazelnut notes with fresh citrus peel, great complexity. Bright pale straw with light body, tart and mouthwatering mouthfeel, medium finish with persistence of hazelnut and citrus. This wine is the Henry of Pelham standard for non vintage bubbles. Pair with a meal any time of day, or on it's own likewise. Declared 12% ABV. Tasted Jan 2017. Rated 90/100.
|Dianne Sheridan - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
A blend of 70-80% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. The name is in honour of Henry's wife Catharine Smith. Grapes are hand picked. Notes of yeast, citrus, lemon. Crisp, clean, lively bubbles and acidity. Refreshing on the palate. Lovely sparkling wine. Pair with oysters and light appetizers.
|Kimberly Inksater - Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
The aromas are what are to be expected from a sparkling wine made in the traditional method: brioche (from the 30+ months on lees) and some minerality. This wine is lively with lasting bubbles and refreshing citrus acidity. This namesake wine (in honour of the wife of Henry of Pelham) would be a refreshing complement to salty appetizers like shrimp, smoke salmon paté and olives.
|Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
Mostly Chardonnay with a touch of Pinot Noir (80%-20%), this sparkling is delightful. It is crisp with refreshing bubbles and lovely citrus notes. A natural expression of the Niagara region, and beautifully named after Catharine Smith, Henry's widow.
|Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:|
Lovely, fresh, clean and crisp with a lively mousse. Not vintage-dated, but the one tasted today is essentially a 2013. Perfect for sipping in front of the fire or plan for a summer garden party and make this the feature wine! (tasted Jan 2017)
|Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
The name honours the original family matriarch and widow, Catharine Smith. Made from a blend of 70-80% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, hand-picked and bunch selected. Aged 30 mos on lees. Shows brioche, vanilla and citrus notes.
Tasted Jan. 2017
|Irina Omari rated this wine as 84/100 with the following review:|
I love sparkling and I love Henry of Pelham winery Rose Cuvée Catharine. This Brut sparkling was a good wine, but the acidity seemed a little too sharp. You still get the green apple and nice refreshing citrus notes. The finish is long and refreshing.
|Made from the blending of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.|
Grapes were hand picked and bunch selected. Gentle whole cluster pressing followed.
Secondary fermentation was finished in bottle followed by a further 30 months aging on the lees.
Able to develop for 2-3 years but intended for drinking upon release.
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