2008 Steller's Jay Brut Wins Gold At Intervin International Wine Awards
SUMMERLAND, BC, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - In a year already notable as the
one in which Steller's Jay Brut got its stand-alone label, B.C.'s
signature bubbles have now brought a shining new honour back to the
coop. Today, the 2008 Vintage Brut has been announced as a Gold Winner
at the prestigious 2013 InterVin International Wine Awards.
Adjudicated against some of the world's best sparkling wines by a
judging team of winemakers, wine writers and sommeliers, the 2008
Steller's Jay Brut scored high marks. The popular B.C. sparkler was
one of only two Gold Medal winners in the category of nearly 50
entries, and the only traditional method sparkling bubble to strike
Layered flavours of nut and berry followed by a creamy finish give this
sparkling Brut fresh mouthfeel and flavour. It begins in mid- to
late-September, when premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are
picked, followed closely by the Pinot Blanc. The early harvesting is
what gives this method classique Brut crisp acidity, while the three years it is left "en tirage" in the
winery lend it a complexity that makes it a perfect match for a variety
of foods, or as a sparkling sipper enjoyed all on its own.
"We are thrilled with this award and are proud to recognized as an
industry leader," says winemaker Jason James. It's exciting. The
sparkling culture is changing; the way people think about sparkling is
evolving to include 'every day' moments, as well as those special
occasions. It's always a good time for bubbles."
Now in its fifth year, the InterVin International Wine Awards bring
prominent Canadian winemakers, wine writers and sommeliers together to
judge the best of international and local wines. Led by Head Judge,
co-founder and editor of VINES Magazine, Christopher Waters, the panel spent hours tasting, debating, and
reviewing the candidates against extremely high criteria. The awards
have become a leading competition for both international and home grown
wines available in Canada.
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About Steller's Jay Brut
In July, 2013, Steller's Jay Brut officially announced its departure
from the Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and became a stand-alone brand
focusing on the 2008 vintage Brut. As BC's signature bubbles,
Steller`s Jay Brut is a favourite among Canadians for celebrations and
events, but is also enjoyed as an everyday accompaniment pairing well
with a variety of dishes and flavours. The early harvest gives the
wine a crisp acidity, and the creamy finish is preceded by layers of
berry and nut, making it a fresh, complex and uniquely dynamic Brut.
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