Not just good wine – beautiful wine“, is the tag line that pops up when visiting this Ontario based winery website… and how true this is!

Since Canada joined as a Six Nations participant in 2016, Henry of Pelham have participated several times and always performed at the highest level. Enter 2019… and Canadian participants record their biggest Trophy haul to date, outperforming New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Chile, with Henry of Pelham taking out 3 top awards – Trophy for Sparkling, Sparkling wine of Show and Wine of Show!

Founded by the Speck family in 1988, Henry of Pelham is still family-run today. Specializing in growing 100% Ontario grapes, the winery produces a vast selection of wines under a number of different labels

Lets get into the details:

Company: Henry of Pelham Family Estate
Label: Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc de Blanc
Variety: Chardonnay
Country: Canada
Region: Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula
Year: 2013

Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow and family matriarch, Catharine Smith. Carte Blanche is the vintage-dated Cuvée Catharine. Entirely estate-grown Chardonnay is hand-picked, then the best of the best juice is isolated, partially barrel fermented and aged for 60 months in the bottle before being disgorged. Look for elegant, lemony flavours and aromas of freshly baked bread.

• Made from 100% estate-grown Chardonnay from the Short Hills Bench
• 20% barrel fermented
• Hand-picked and bunch selected. Gently whole cluster pressed
• Secondary fermentation in bottle is followed by a further 54 months aging on the lees

Judges comments for Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine:

Creamy nutty yeasty. Lovely creamy mousse. Dry and elegant, long.” – Terry Copeland, New Zealand Judge

Nutty and fruity nose. Developing. Touch funk. Rich and mellow intensity. Sweetness from dosage, honeyed, evident.” – Christopher Waters, Canadian Judge

Excellent freshly baked bread bouquet; creamy and layered, very complex, and quite Champagne-like. Dry, balanced finish.” – Huon Hooke, Australian Judge

Nutty and rich, caramel and round lees notes.” – Patrick Comiskey, American Judge

Fine, with great yeast autolysis” – Michael Fridjhon, South African Judge and Chairman of Judges


Sparkling Class comments by Patrick Comiskey – American Judge:

“A large and remarkable category. A large number of vintage wines, many more than non-vintage. The wines excelled for their clarity and purity of fruit, more about precision than lees character. An exciting class that get more exciting every year!”


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