NV Brut Dolomite | Beamsville Bench | Estate Grown

$ 27.95 • 750 • 6 bt/cs •
About This Wine
The name ‘Dolomite’ refers to the type of limestone that forms the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the hillsides below. Grown along these gentle slopes in our Beamsville Bench vineyard, this Chardonnay-based sparkling wine bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of our site contribute to the vibrant fruit and mineral tone that are the wine’s hallmark.
Varieties92% Chardonnay, 8% Riesling
Estate Grown 100%
2017 was marked by a cool growing season and sunny, dry fall allowing for extended ripening. The Chardonnay sparkling wines are taut and highly structured, holding up well to lees contact in bottle.
AppellationBeamsville Bench
SiteCave Spring Vineyard
Elevation125–155 m (410–510 ft)
Slope/Exposure3–6% / NNW
Stony clay till composed primarily of limestone and dolostone mixed with sandstone, shale and traces of granite and gneiss; soils overlie moraine and sandstone/shale bedrock; depth ranges from 4 to 8 m
Trellis 2-cane Guyot
Density 1,450/ac (3,600/ha)
Clones Chard. 96, 77; Riesl. 21
Avg Vine Age 35 years
Harvest Data
Harvest Date Sep 6–18, 2018
Sugar 19.0º Brix
Titratable Acidity 9.3 g/L
pH 3.12
Yield 3.5 mt/ac (65 hl/ha)
Primary fermentation to dryness (< 2 g/L), 85% in tank and 15% in neutral 225L and 500L French oak using selected yeasts; all lots aged sur lie for 5 months prior to tirage; aged sur lie in bottle for 27 months prior to disgorging; dosage of 5 g/L
Bottling Data
Tirage–Disgorging 5/19–8/21
Alc./Vol 12.0%
Dosage 3.0 g/L
Titratable Acidity 8.3 g/L
pH 3.13
Production 1,100 cs
Sensory Profile
Colour Pale straw. Nose Aromas of orange pulp, ginger root, Bosc pear and toast, with nuances of rolled oats and wet stone. Palate Dry and medium bodied with a pearly mousse; crisp red apple fruit and a sleek, mineral feel up front; the middle broadens, buttressed by a rich, weighty texture infused with notes of grapefruit rind and apple crumble; lemon-drop acidity on the edges brings tension throughout, drawing into a lingering, lightly saline finish of citrus pith, toasted seeds and pie crust.
Best consumed 2021 through 2024; will hold through at least 2026
Food Pairings
Raw oysters, sushi/sashimi, lobster bisque, battered shellfish, quiche, vegetable curry, grilled seafood, game terrine, smoked duck, as an aperitif
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