2018 Sparkling ReserveNew
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This unique cuvée blends grapes that, while French in name, are new world creations suited to Monte Creek’s growing conditions. All three are noted for producing high-quality fruit stone fruit and citrus character while being resilient to colder winter climates.
The winemaking style emphasizes bright fruit and aromatics, adding complexity that doesn’t compromise freshness. After primary fermentation using wild yeast, a second sparkling fermentation takes place in sealed tank to preserve fruit and aromatics.
White peach and meyer lemon aromas are accented by orange blossom floral and savoury wild herbal notes. The palate is effervescent, with ripe fruit sweetness balanced by refreshing acidity. Stone fruit and citrus fruit carry through, with a lime pith note adding to overall balance.
Enjoy with spot prawn or other shrimp with citrus or summer salads with grilled vegetables. It will complement a variety of lighter small bites, making it an ideal aperitif or patio party-starter.
The 2018 vintage was memorable for some wild weather. A blazing hot May got us off to a roaring start, but a wet August and September resulted in our coolest vintage at Monte Creek Ranch yet. The result was a lengthy growing season, as, in many cases, we had to let the fruit hang nearly a month longer than normal in order to optimize ripeness. Longer hang time created greater complexity, as the flavours and aromas had time to develop before the sugar got too high.
- Residual Sugar19.1 g/L
- Tartaric Acid10.1 g/L