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Fitz Brut Sparkling Wine 2012

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaFitzpatrick Family Vineyards is the latest project of Gordon Fitzpatrick and family, ex-CedarCreek founders/owners. Centred on the family's lakeside Greata Ranch estate between Summerland and Peachland, the project has kicked off with a smart focus on traditional method sparkling wines, with a cadre of bright, lively white and rosé wines to support the portfolio (and one would think, bank account, as they wait the time needed for a proper traditional method fizz project). They've hired appropriately for the task; Kiwi Winemaker Sarah Bain has worked at Burn Cottage and Quartz Reef. Right out of the gate, Fitz Brut 2012 impresses. Approximately two thirds pinot noir / one third chardonnay, this was fermented in neutral oak where it aged for five months, before bottling and 36 months on the lees. Crisp and brisk citrus, green apple, smoked stone and a slip of fine earthy lees are held taut on a shearing palate. Oysters please. The acidity drives this young wine forward to a very racy, pithy white grapefruit finish. Drinking well now, but has the structure to age very well. A very welcome addition to the burgeoning BC sparkling wine scene.Tasted: 28 November 2016Tasted by: Prices: BC 32.50 private wine shops Producer: Fitzpatrick Family VineyardsDistributors: Vintage West Wine Marketing
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Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 993824UPC: 626990252948