Top Canadian Sparkling Wines
The best sparkling wines at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards
(37 entries, 24 medals)
The number of entries jumped by almost 50 percent this year, indicating real momentum. We’re not talking basic fizz here! Almost all medallists are in the $25 to $35 range, made by the traditional method of second fermentation in the bottle. “Huge potential for Canadian winemakers,” said Winnipeg’s Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson. “There are some very sophisticated wines with magnificent balance, fruit and toastiness.” Vancouver’s DJ Kearney (who loved Road 13’s Chenin) agreed, noting they are “impressive, showing skilful winemaking.” Finally, a plea from Sid Cross of Vancouver: “Sparkling can be a fantastic category coast to coast; please keep it growing.”
A complete list of the silver and bronze medal winners can be found on the last slide in the slide show.
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Slightly darker in colour than its contemporaries at the 2011 Canadian Wine Awards, the nose is toasty and autolytic, with lemon, apple, slightly smoky, honey and mineral notes. Fairly spicy on the palate, with near perfect balance. A pleasure to drink. This wine won a gold medal at the Wine Access 2011 Canadian Wine Awards.