Konzelmann Methode Cuve Close Sparkling Riesling – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’re sipping Konzelmann Estate Winery’s Methode Cuve Close Sparkling Riesling! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see!

 

 

Konzelmann Estate Winery is located in the Niagara Peninsula appellation of Ontario – and boy, is the winery beautiful! As Niagara’s only lakefront winery, it is a destination onto its own! 😍 In 1984, fourth generation winemaker Herbert Konzelmann arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake from Germany, wishing to establish a Canadian winery under his family’s guidance. When Herbert arrived in Niagara, he specifically selected a site located along the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario because it offered a mesoclimate well suited for the wines the family wished to grow, including Riesling! It’s no surprise, then, that Konzelmann Estate Winery has received many accolades over the years, including a shout out in Wine Spectator. 😎 So, without further ado, let’s get to business, shall we?

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Konzelmann Estate Winery’s Methode Cuve Close Sparkling Riesling is made from 100% Riesling and is made in the Cuve Close (or Charmat) method. This easy drinking, approachable wine offers a lively, flowery bouquet that, in our opinion, is a great expression of the Riesling grape!

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Appearance

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  • Pale gold in colour, lovely effervescence atypical of the method cuve close.

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Aroma

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  • Surprisingly complex for a method cuve close sparkling, with primarily floral and citrus aromas, and a hint of wet stone minerality. A lovely expression of its’ grape varietal: Riesling!

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Flavour

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  • Light body, high acid, and slightly off-dry. With pronounced but refreshing citrus flavours, including lemon tart, lime gelato and candied lemon zest, supported by a nice acidity that cuts through the touch of sweetness.

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Food Pairing

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  • Eager to please your guests? Serve this approachable wine as an aperatif or pair this with buttery shellfish, savory grilled vegetables or some very dark, almost savoury chocolate.

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The Verdict?

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  • It’s a POP! This crisp, approachable sparkling wine is perfect for the every day or a special occasion. We love Ontario sparkling wine, and Konzelmann Estate Winery’s “Methode Cuve Close Sparkling Riesling” offers you a great expression of Ontario’s take on Riesling. You can order it directly from the winery or check out our Ontario Sparkling Wine Map and plan a road trip to visit this absolutely breathtaking winery, and the many wines they have on offer! 🙌

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Konzelmann Estate Winery’s “Methode Cuve Close Sparkling Riesling”

$16.20

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