What better way to kick off 2016 than with a review of the sparkling wine we greeted the new year with. Tawse’s Spark Brute Sparkling 2013 wine is available at the LCBO for $24.95 and the one where I picked this up from had cases and cases of it. There were also many cases of the non-dry version of Spark for the same price. I prefer dry, though.
Spark is a blend of 52% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Gris that has been aged for a minimum of 12 months on dead yeast (lees) to add depth to the finish.
Spark Brut has a mild aroma due to the bubbles, but if you get in there, you can detect notes of green apples and earthy musk. The wine is dry with hefty dose of green and sweet apples, citrus, and earthy musky notes that create a nice base and a great transition to the finish, which is medium long, dry, and tart, with damp cellar hints and a lemon twist.
Excellent alternative to the $50+ champagnes that I will be buying more of in the coming year.