Cipes Ariel 2000

Our striking Premier Cuvée. Ample, complex and mature.

Cipes Ariel 2000
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Summerhill Pyramid Winery (established 1991) is Canada's largest organic winery, BC's first Demeter biodynamic vineyard, and Canada's foremost producer of sparkling wine. Our winemaking philosophy is that organic and biodynamic provides the royal road to producing exceptionally beautiful, authentic, terroir-based wine that will connect you with the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

60% Organic Pinot Noir, 38% Organic Chardonnay, 2% Organic Pinot Meunier

"This is a really, really good wine. 95 points."
- Stephen Spurrier, Consultant Editor, Decanter Magazine; Organizer,
Judgement of Paris 1976

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Fresh and vibrant primary fruit among the rich, mature, aged character. Creamy lemon custard, warm brioche, candied orange, lemon zest, ripe apple, dried apricot, walnut, and ginger on the palate. This complexity, creaminess and opulent mouthfeel can only come with extended sur lie bottle aging.
95 points - Stephen Spurrier
Vineyard Notes
Estate grown at Summerhill Vineyard in Kelowna, BC. The grapes were picked with a long sur lie bottle aging period envisioned. Situated in the North Okanagan with WNW facing slopes on ancient limestone rich lake bottom silt soil, this vineyard is especially suited to growing grapes for traditional method sparkling wine, and this wine is a testament to the outstanding and unique growing conditions of the site.
Winemaker Notes
Crafted with care in the traditional method. This wine was aged 17.5 years in bottle on the lees before disgorgement in small batches began in September, 2019.
Food Pairing Notes
A beautiful accompaniment to baked oysters, Dungeness crab, and goat cheese in phyllo pastry.
Other Notes
93 points - 2020 Wine Align Guide to Canada's Best Wines, Gold Medal - 2020 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Summerhill Vineyard
8.1 g/L
Residual Sugar
6.2 g/L
Alcohol %

Product Reviews

Tracy Towers's Gravatar
Tracy Towers
(Apr 13, 2020 at 12:49 PM)
Amazing!!! No PC

Jonah's Gravatar
(Jan 5, 2021 at 9:16 PM)
Wow wow wow, this was one excellent bottle of bubbly! At the first sip I realized this was a serious wine. Incredible flavor, so well rounded. Now I see what you mean by a flavor that can only be delivered with age! Yum

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Gordon Richens
(Jun 29, 2023 at 7:35 AM)
I obtained a bottle of one of the first batches of the newly disgorged Ariel in late October, 2019. My wife and I had it with friends in January 2020 along with a bottle of the 1996 Summerhill Traditional plus a bottle of a well-known 1996 French sparkling ("P2"). In spite of being off the lees for only a month, the 2000 Ariel had already settled in nicely and was very clean and structured. Congratulations! Gord Richens, Cayman Islands

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