Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow and family matriarch, Catharine Smith. Clonal selection and the use of traditional grape varieties (Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) makes this wine a modern Niagara expression of a time honoured wine style. The secondary fermentation is done in bottle and this wine is aged for approximately 30+ months on the lees before disgorging.
Salmon caviar with sour cream; Malpeque oysters with a hint of lemon. Or add 1 oz of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvée Catharine to make a Kir Catharine or a Blushing Kir Catharine respectively.
92 Points – Natalie MacLean
91+ Points - Dean Tudor
90 Points - Beppi Crosariol
90 Points - David Lawrason
90 Points - Rick Vansickle
90 Points - Sara D'Amato
90 Points - Steve Thurlow
4.5 Stars - Rod Phillips
*Vintage subject to change without notice.
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Geographic Designation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Alcohol: 12 %
Sugar: 9.2 (g/L)
Acidity: 6.5 (g/L)
- Made from the blending of 70-80% Chardonnay and 20-30% Pinot Noir
- Handpicked and bunch selected. Gently whole cluster pressed.
- A small percentage of the Chardonnay is barrel fermented.
- Secondary fermentation in bottle followed by 30+ months aging on the lees.