Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow and family matriarch, Catharine Smith, 'Carte Blanche' is the vintage dated Cuvée Catharine. Estate grown Chardonnay is hand-picked and the best of the best juice is isolated, partially barrel fermented and then aged for 54 months in the bottle before post-fermentation before being disgorged. Look for elegant flavours of lemon curd and aromas of freshly baked bread.
Salmon caviar with sour cream, Malpeque oysters with a hint of lemon, or soft cheeses from Brie-type to the range of those made with goat’s milk.
*Vintage subject to change without notice.
Geographic Designation: VQA Niagara Peninsula
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Sugar: 6.4 (g/L)
Acidity: 7.0 (g/L)
- Estate grown Chardonnay from The Short Hills Bench.
- Hand-picked and bunch selected.
- Gently whole cluster pressed with 20% of the juice barrel fermented for primary ferment.
- Secondary fermentation in bottle is followed by a further 54 months aging on the lees.