Bella Wines

bella reserve portfolio

At Bella the underlying philosophy is to produce natural sparkling wines of exceptional quality and although we are pioneers in the development of “pet-nats” and “trad-nats” we don’t want to lose sight of the tradition and craftsmanship that has evolved over centuries in Champagne, France.

Utilizing one of the principal Champagne grapes, Chardonnay, we follow the traditional rules closely for our reserve program.  In order to be declared a vintage Champagne, 100% of the grapes must come from that vintage year and must spend a minimum of three years of aging.  There are no specific regulations about how long it must spend on the lees, but the premier Champagne houses keep their wines on lees for upwards of five to ten years.  Our reserve traditional method sparkling wines (two fermentations) are hand bottled, aged laying on their sides, and then riddled for three weeks prior to disgorgement.  We prefer a brut natural style, no dosage added, at this time as the natural acidity in our fruit keeps the juice fresh and requiring no adulteration in flavour.

EASTSIDE RESERVES

2012 was the first year that we worked with Chardonnay fruit from Cerqueira Vineyards located on the Black Sage Bench which is the east side of Oliver, BC. This vineyard site has a gentle west facing slope where the soils are a heavy, slightly sandy loam with calcium carbonate covered granite cobbles throughout a two metre depth which allows for great drainage.  It’s the calcium carbonate that mimics the limestone found in Champagne that completely charmed us and we knew would make age-worthy world-class sparkling wine.

2012 Eastside Reserve Brut

Our first vintage from Cerqueira Vineyards charmed us with minerality and citrus and we immediately knew to hold some back for a reserve program. Now, with 78 months on the lees, it is all notes of liquid brioche and a whisper of salinity – drink now or over the next two years.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2012 Sparkling Reserve Brut – East Side of Oliver, BC
  • Assemblage – 100% Cerqueira Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Winemaking – Traditional Method, de-stemmed, basket pressed, racked twice, aged on lees 78 months, hand riddled, machine disgorged June 2019, zero dosage.
  • Released June 1st, 2020
  • Product 750ml | SOLD OUT | 150 bottles

2013 Eastside Reserve Brut

Loaded with calcium carbonate in the soil, Cerqueira Vineyards consistently produces a level of minerality in Chardonnay that makes this wine as close to Grower’s Champagne as we can get.  This is a classic vintage bubble that will not disappoint. Drink this wine over the next five years.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2013 Sparkling Reserve Brut – East Side of Oliver, BC
  • Assemblage – 100% Cerqueira Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Winemaking – Traditional Method, de-stemmed, basket pressed, racked twice, aged on lees 78 months, hand riddled, machine disgorged September 2020, zero dosage.
  • Released June 1st, 2020
  • Product 750ml | SOLD OUT | 253 bottles

2014 Eastside Reserve Brut

With sixty-six months sur lie, this bubble has notes of toasty brioche while still exhibiting fresh and vibrant acidity naturally found in BC fruit. This wine can easily age another 5-10 years.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2014 Sparkling Reserve Brut – East Side of Oliver, BC
  • Assemblage – 100% Cerqueira Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Winemaking – Traditional Method, de-stemmed, basket pressed, racked twice, aged on lees 66 months, hand riddled, machine disgorged September 2020, zero dosage.
  • Released June 1st, 2020
  • Product 750ml | SOLD OUT | 465 bottles

2016 Eastside Reserve Brut

A classic.  With 54 months sur lie this is a classic vintage bubble that is full of life and energy.  2016 was the last vintage we worked with fruit from this site and only 600 bottles are being released this year.

THE PRODUCT

  • 2016 Sparkling Reserve Brut – East Side of Oliver, BC
  • Assemblage – 100% Cerqueira Vineyards Chardonnay
  • Winemaking – Traditional Method, de-stemmed, basket pressed, racked twice, aged on lees 54 months, hand riddled, machine disgorged March 2021, zero dosage.
  • Released June 1st, 2021
  • Product 750ml | SOLD OUT | 600 bottles
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