Tasting Note: Very fine bubbles spiral upwards, through this brilliant yellow straw coloured wine. The bouquet of apricot, yeast and ripe apple, with hints of honey, are followed by tropical fruits on the palate and a refreshing sweet grapefruit finish.
Food Matching: Enjoy before a meal with salty appetizers, seafood or creamy risotto or with fresh fruit and creamy cheeses.
Vinification: Using the ‘methode classique’, individual batches of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are fermented in tank. A cuvee is made using a selection of these wines which are then bottled with yeast and sugar. After ageing on the lees for approximately 30 months, the bottles are riddled, degorged and a dosage of Icewine (110ml) is added
Awards and Press News: GOLD MEDAL, American Wine Society 2006
GOLD MEDAL, All Canadian Wine Championships 2007
SILVER MEDAL, Effervescents du Monde, Chaintré France 2006
SILVER MEDAL, Grand Harvest Awards 2007, California
SILVER MEDAL, International Wine Challenge 2011
BRONZE MEDAL, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
SILVER MEDAL, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012
BRONZE MEDAL, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013
COMMENDED, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
COMMENDED, International Wine Challenge 2014
90 points – It shows lavish peachy and apricot flavours, with a sweet mouthfeel but a dry twist at the end. Very addictive - Gordon Stimmel, Toronto Star, December 20 2006
3 stars out of 5 – Vines magazine, January/February 2007
"It’s deftly made fizz offering excellent value and with a small amount of ice wine – made from grapes which have frozen to the vine – dosed in to enrich and boost flavour. Amazing and well worth tracking down."
Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday, November 2010
"...or a fruitier fizz, consider sparkling ice wines from Canada. Peller Ice Cuvee is mellow and fruitful and hugely popular …."
Olly Smith, Mail On Sunday, August 2012
"Champagne is a classic pairing but this year my favourite match is from Canada. Peller Ice Cuvee, a slightly rounder, more fruity fizz that picks up in the intensity of the smoky and salty salmon and delivers an outstanding pairing."
Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday, December 2012 (Christmas food pairing with smoked salmon)
"If you really want some Valentine’s romance, Peller Ice Cuvée from Canada is the ultimate way to Romance Central – traditional method fizz imbued with jot of Ice Wine to intensify the fruity and mellow character. It’s love in a glass."
Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday, February 2013
"One of the best bubblies around with a jot of ice wine in the blend - fruity, frothy, golden and glorious."
Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday, 16 March 2014