Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catherine Brut N/V
Looking back to 1842, Henry, the second-generation owner, signed his name to a liquor licence as “Henry of Pelham” instead of his real name Henry Smith. This impish prank gave way to a six-generation winery that made history as one of the first to bring Niagara wines to an international platform. Responsible and sustainable vineyard practises make for some tasty wine, and this Cuvee Catherine is no exception.
Named in memory of Henry’s wife, Catherine Smith, this wine is made from the traditional sparkling varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Second fermentation done in the bottle and aged for 36 months on lees makes for a wine that, while based on old French techniques, manages to maintain its Niagara-ness. Tiny bubbles with elegantly toasty croissant, almond paste and baked apple with a light dusting of nutmeg. Then each sip finishes with wet stones and butter pastry.
The secondary fermentation is done in-bottle and the wine is aged for up to 36 months on the lees. Elegant and linear yet generously mouth-filling. Toasty croissant, almond paste and baked apple with a light dusting of nutmeg. Then each sip finishes with wet stones and butter pastry.