Sunday 22nd October
Iced Sparkling Wine
Today we are having a little celebration but we are also talking about iced sparkling wines. Ice in wine I hear you cry! What?
A few years ago I would have said exactly the same thing. But this is the latest development in sparkling wines including Champagne. Namely wines that are specifically produced for serving over ice or ‘Champagne on the rocks’ as the Telegraph called it last year. It’s also known as a ‘piscine’, especially in St Tropez!
When did this all start?
6 years ago, in 2011 Moët & Chandon launched Ice Imperial, a Champagne specifically made for serving over ice. So successful was it that last year they launched Moët Ice Impérial Rosé, a rosé version. Both wines favour the Pinot Noir grape heavily wilth less Chardonnay in the blends as this works better with the ice.
In 2015 Veuve Clicquot jumped on the bandwagon with ‘Rich’ and launched a rosé version in 2016. There’s also Lanson White Label.
These are not inexpensive drinks, the cheapest I could find the Moët Imperial was £42.99 and the rosé £48.15. The Veuve Clicquot Rich is also £49. Lanson White Label £35.
Of course the sincerest form of flattery is imitation and in 2016 Cava produces Freixenet launched ‘Ice’ along the same principles and that is what we will be trying today.
Rules of Iced Sparkling
Rule 1: Stick it in a large glass
Never a flute, where will the ice go!
Rule 2: Use three ice cubes
Three large cubes is the ideal amount to get the right ratio of water to wine. It’s not a slush puppy!
Rule 3: Go ahead and garnish
Throw in some raspberries, strawberries, or a slice of lemon. Because garnishing makes it look classy and expensive, right?
Fine bubbles, peach and ripe pear flavours, flowers and hints of tropical fruits. The palate is creamy and sweet with a long refreshing finish.
This delicious semi seco cava is richer to balance the chill of ice so that the taste of our wine is not diluted.
Glory of Wine Tastings