Impressive sparkling wines from Blue Mountain, Okanagan, Canada

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Just tried these impressive sparkling wines from Blue Mountain (who I visited a couple of years ago) in Canada’s Okanagan Valley. They are really good, and compared with their peers they represent amazing value for money.

Blue Mountain Brut NV Okanagan Valley, Canada
Pinot Noir (56%) and Chardonnay (39%) with a bit of Pinot Gris (5%) from the 2013 vintage, two years on lees, disgorged March 2016. Fresh and vivid with bright lemony fruit and some herbal overtones. Lovely fruit here with good acidity and some slighty pithy, waxy notes in the background. Has a savoury twist and a core of well integrated acidity. 89/100 ($24 in Canada)

Blue Mountain Blanc de Blancs RD 2009 Okanagan Valley, Canada
100% Chardonnay, 5.5 years on lees. Lively and direct with lovely precision to the lemon and herb flavours, as well as some pretty floral notes. There’s a nice acid drive here and a real tightness to the palate, which still shows linear fruit without much autolytic character, despite the time on lees. I love the purity and length of this wine. 91/100 ($40 in Canada)

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Blue Mountain Reserve Brut RD 2008 Okanagan Valley, Canada
50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 6.5 years on lees. 4 g/l dosage. Focused, fresh and intense with lovely linear acidity. Lime and lemons with a faint hint of toastiness. Very pure and linear with such precision and freshness: even though this has spent so long on the lees, it’s still very pure and dominated by citrus fruit characters. 92/100 ($40 in Canada)

Blue Mountain Brut Rosé RD 2012 Okanagan Valley, Canada
Pinot Noir with a touch of Chardonnay, aged 30 months on lees. Pale pink in colour. Fresh and vivid with some juicy red cherry and cranberry fruit, as well as a touch of herbiness. Attractive lemony core to this wine with a hint of pepper adding interest, and a bit of mandarin character, too. Juicy and lively, but with a more serious side, too. 90/100 ($33 in Canada)

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