Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée

LCBO#: 210633
Price: $14.95
Made in: Australia
By: Jacob’s Creek Wines

This Australia Sparkling has a very nice presentation with a real cork, and cage. The grape nose is pretty sweet with the Chardonnay notes. The taste has a nice sourness to balance the sweetness. The dryness is light and the finish is short. Tart remains on the tongue, with some mild yeast lingering. Nothing too wild and lacking a little dryness to be a great one. Still, quite presentable anytime.

Rating: 3.6/5

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Trapiche Extra Brut

LCBO#: 262261
Price: $12.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Penaflor/Trapiche

This Argentinian Sparkling blends very well Chardonnay, Semillon and Malbec grapes. Yeasty nose at first, but the grapes come out with hints of apples. The mouthfeel is dry, but not extreme. Flavours are even milder, but much of the same as the aromas. Finish is short. All-in-all, this is a great Sparkling for the price. Classy looking bottle, light sourness in the mouth. Yep, we would buy more of this, anytime.

Rating: 3.8/5

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

LCBO#: 379180
Price: $16.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Robert Mondavi Winery

Chardonnay is not our forte. Started 20 years ago with this grape, but for whites, went to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. This one from the Private Selection comes out good. The vines gives out a sweet fruity nose with alcohol and hints of dry citrus. The taste is also fruity and sweet, but not syrupy. Grapes, apples with mild vanilla and caramel. Light dry finish. Quite a good Chardonnay if this is your style. Even better with food.

Rating: 3.9/5

Thorn-Clarke Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV Brut Reserve

imageLCBO#: 280925
Price: $16.95
Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Az. Thorne-Clarke Wines

This Australian Sparkling comes in a nicely labeled bottle. It seems to have a pink hue. The nose has this Pinot Noir red grape aroma giving some sweetness with some light hints of smokiness (after breathing). The taste starts off on a sour note with a yeast finish. A big yeasty end. Not much other than that. Smells nice, but the taste is not happening. Too much yeast and not much else.

Rating: 3.1/5

Sophora Sparkling Cuvée

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Price: $19.95
Made in: Aukland, New Zealand
By: Lion Nathan Wine Group

This Sparkling from New Zealand is blended from Chardonnay (52%) and Pinot Noir (48%) grapes. Colour is a little darker than usual with a nice creamy head. Big aromas of apples with hints of vinegar. Things calm down eventually and very light vanilla comes to caress the apples. The taste is a little sour, but mixed with some sweetness. Body seems a little too thick overall, but a little dryness just comes and saves the syrupy mouthfeel. A stronger all-around Sparkling with nothing offensive, but just lacking a bit of balance. Recommended to those who like lots of fruits (apples, grapes) and less dry.

Rating: 3.7/5

Fuzion Chenin-Chardonnay 2013

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Price: $7.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Fuzion Wines
Varietal: Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay

Fuzion wines are always inexpensive, but always a sure bet. Pours a light golden colour with a fresh pear nose and some light green apples, sugars and alcohol. Pretty close to the same for the flavours. Notes of peach and honeydew as well. The Chardonnay is not too dry, but very well-blended with the Chenin Blanc. Gets a bit too sweet after a while, but still a good summer drinker. Just have it real cold.

Rating: 3.3/5

Graham Beck Brut Rosé

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Price: $19.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: Graham Beck Wines

This Sparkling Rosé is a blend of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir. It also contains sulphites, milk, eggs and fish. Mild yeast aromas with some slight sweetness of strawberries and raspberries. Nicely balanced with a sweet start, but leading into a little sourness. A wet mouthfeel going into a mild dryness. Small yeast lingering. Everything is pretty well-blended, but everything is on the light side of things. Nice to try, but would not buy again for the price and where it comes from.

Rating: 3.4/5