Summerhill Pyramid – Cipes Ariel 1998

20th February 2014

Vignarosa Italian Sparkling Wine

Cipes Ariel 1998


A blend of 59% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 1% Pinot Meunier. Very rich and complex with notes of custard, vegemite, brioche, orange and lemon zest, ripe apple, dried apricot, nut, and ginger. The extended bottle aging has created deep autolytic notes and creamy bubbles. Rivals the best from France. Estate grown at Summerhill Vineyard in Kelowna.

Of special note, in late 2012 Summerhill Pyramid Winery held a media tasting where in this fascinating tasting event, celebrated sommelier instructor, wine judge and journalist DJ Kearney guided guests through the taste experience of the lovely Cipes Ariel, side by side with France’s iconic Champagne, Krug Grande Cuvee. The wines were accompanied by a unique tasting menu that celebrated British Columbia ingredients as inspired by the tradition of French degustation, prepared by Chef David Hawksworth and his talented team.

The idea to pour the Ariel beside Krug was sparked by a wine shop host and tour guide from Epernay, (who has worked at both Moët and Krug), who suggested the wine reminded him of the Krug style. Winery CEO Ezra Cipes was inspired to conduct his own research. The media in attendance though putting the Ariel beside the richness, layered complexity and elegance of the Krug was very brave, and while this was never intended to be a competition, the idea was to illustrate how this special sparkling wine can stand alongside the world’s best. And it did. And it does.

Glass of Bubbly

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