NV Méthode Traditionnelle, Extra Brut
McLean Creek Road Vineyard
Hand harvested in 2012 and 2013, from Sept 12th through to Oct 1st
Sugar Level: 19-21 brix, pH: 2.98-3.12, TA: 9.2-10.5 g/L
Our family owned “McLean Creek Road Vineyard” is located in Okanagan Falls, BC. The vineyard has a predominantly steep southerly aspect with the soil comprised of alluvial and glacial deposits making up a mix of gravel and sandy loams. The Chardonnay is planted in two separate blocks, one on the far east side of the south facing slope and the other on the west end of the slope. The Pinot Noir blocks are planted with five different French Pommard and Dijon clones and are planted in three distinct blocks on the 16-acre property.
The fruit (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir) for the sparkling wine was loaded into the press whole cluster immediately after picking was completed. A special champenoise press program was employed; this is a very slow and gentle press program lasting over 4 hours. This allows for maximum quality juice extraction while minimizing astringent phenolics. The juice was cold settled overnight then transferred off the heavy sediment into a stainless steel vessel where it commenced fermentation. Once completed, all batches were combined and the base wine was aged for 2 years with several rackings throughout this time to eliminate deposits/lees. The base wine went through a full natural malo-lactic fermentation and was then bottled under crown cap where it would carry out its secondary fermentation in the summer of 2014. The bottles were then aged on lees for 20 months and were disgorged from May 2016 through to June 2016 with no dosage while being topped up with 2014 vintage blanc de blanc base wine. This wine is unfined and unfiltered to preserve its inherent characteristics.
Parameters at Bottling
Alcohol: 12.5%, pH: 3.22, TA: 7.2 g/L
Production: 550 cases
Drink now through: 2024