Bella Wines

2012 Sparkling Chardonnay PORTFOLIO

Bella sparkling wine is an elegant, honest expression of the single vineyards we source from.  At Bella, our goal is to offer an experience that balances taste and typicity and, if the vintage allows, there will be minimal intervention so you can taste the natural beauty of the local fruit in every bubble.

What difference can thirteen kilometers make?

Oliver, BC produces over a third of BC’s wines and is divided by two distinct regions: The west bench is recognized as a distinctive viticultural area that is rich with glacial deposits formed from the ice age while the “Black Sage” east bench has equally unique growing climates with deep sandy deposits.  With such diversity in an area surely you’d be able to taste a difference in a product made identically with the same grape varietal.

Welcome to OLIVER EAST SIDE VS. WEST SIDE

We made these wines identically: The fruit was whole cluster basket pressed and initially fermented in stainless steel tanks.  After one month 29% was put into three year old barrels for six weeks with occasional lees stirring.  There was no malolactic fermentation and the juice was hand bottled at the beginning of January 2013.  After thirty days of hand riddling, twice a day, the Chardonnays were disgorged May13th, 2013 with no dosage added.

So, the only difference comes from the vineyard sites themselves – approximately 13 kilometers apart as the crow flies.  You tell us if you can taste a difference in typicity …

Bottle Shot2012 sparkling CHARDONNAY – oliver WEST SIDE

THE VINEYARD AND HARVEST

Secrest Mountain Vineyards in Oliver, BC is a unique micro-climate in the South Okanagan.  The site is comprised of eight inches of sandy topsoil above pure silt with a gravel seam at forty-eight inches where the roots find small amounts of water.  This higher-elevation vineyard is bordered on the west by a steep rock face creating a heat pocket which holds the warmth of the sun.  Yield in 2012 was kept lower than average at 3.3 tons an acre and harvest started September 22nd at 19.9 brix.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2012 Sparkling Chardonnay (VQA)
  • Assemblage – 100% Secrest Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Released May 13th, 2013
  • Specifics: pH 3.31 | TA 6.30 | Alc. 11.7% | RS 3.0
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +625897 | $23.90 | 2,904 bottles (242 Cases)
  • Product 375ml: CSPC +816793 | $14.90 | 600 bottles

2012 sparkling CHARDONNAY – oliver east SIDEChardonnay East Side Bottle Shot small

THE VINEYARD AND HARVEST

Cerqueira Vineyards on the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, BC is a unique property in the South Okanagan.  The site is comprised of sandy loam topsoil over subsoils that are heavy with carbonate crusted cobbles throughout a 2 metre depth which allows for great drainage. Yield in 2012 was kept lower than average at 3.7 tons an acre and harvest started September 29th at 21 brix.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2012 Sparkling Chardonnay (VQA)
  • Assemblage – 100% Cerqueira Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Released May 13th, 2013
  • Specifics: pH 3.27 | TA 5.90 | Alc. 12.2% | RS 5.20
  • Product 750ml: CSPC +642843 | $23.90 | 600 bottles
  • This product is not available in half bottles

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