Cipes Brut NV
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Okaganan Valley VQA
Something different. A methode champenoise sparkler based on organically grown Riesling with a little Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, and aged for at least a month under a huge concrete pyramid, (plus 2.5 - 5 years bottle aging)
A multitude of the tiniest bubbles stream up. On the nose some apples and toast. In the mouth -- well, it has not the classic Champagne taste --rather richer slighty honey with lemon and tropical fruits, without the leanness of Champagne.
I can understand why this is so popular. They say its won gold medals every year since its 1991 introduction Cipes is the surname of the winery owner.