2007 RiddledPosted February 26, 2011
We'd like to introduce Ontario's first ever sparkling under crown cap-Riddled 2007. It's been a three year love affair with this wine, let us just say that it involved a lot of hand holding (read: hand picking, hand sorting, hand bottling, hand labelling) but it was certainly worth all the effort because we think the result is outstanding-we hope you agree.
We all know that sparkling wine made in the traditional method requires the use of a crown cap during the secondary fermentation-everyone agrees that it is the best closure for the job. But following disgorging the familiar cork closure is applied for reasons that most explain as 'tradition'. As you might know, Flat Rock Cellars doesn't believe in tradition for the sake of tradition-we use that which makes our wines better and disregard the rest. So, when our extensive research uncovered the long list of benefits for crown cap over cork we had no choice but to go to the VQA and work to inform our peers. We succeeded in changing the rules, and we think the winner is the consumer. The crown cap eliminates cork taint, keeps more bubbles in solution (cork creates a vacuum effect and pulls CO2 out of solution), and you don't have to worry about projectiles.