KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut

imageLCBO#: 296426
Price: $16.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2010

When we had the 2009 edition last year, it was full of oranges. It was good, but not great. This 2010 edition does not have the loads of oranges and seems better balanced. Citrus and honey in both aromas and taste. The nose also has sweet yeast, probably sugars and nice dry grapes, hints of apples. The mouth has a nice blend of sweet, sour and a dry bite. Much better balanced for sure than the last edition. Nothing too complex, but well worth the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

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Michelle Brut

imageLCBO#: 363341
Price: $16.85
Made in: Washington, USA
By: Domaine Ste Michelle

This American Sparkling from Washington State gives out a little yeast at first pour, but mostly apple notes. Hints of sourness with the grapes. Balanced taste between the sweetness from the fruit and some nice dryness in the finish. Mild nutty yeast lingers in the aftertaste. Nothing too strong in the flavours, but nothing offensive found here. Apples everywhere again. Very light honey. Gets stronger as it warms up. Goes down very, very nicely, so recommended for your New Year’s party coming up.

Rating: 3.8/5