The old dry-grown vines on the Bianchet vineyard produce grapes with intensity of flavour that are exciting to work with. Parts of both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blocks have been identified as retaining higher acidity and intensity of flavour such that making a vintage sparkling wine was a simple logical choice.
The grapes were harvested and whole bunch pressed, separately, cool fermentation for 3 weeks, then aged in 20yo French oak for 5 months prior to blending, and bottling on 27/9/2019. This wine has spent a minimum of 3 years on lees prior to disgorging. The blend is approximately 50/50 slightly favouring Chardonnay. Only 622 bottles produced.
The wine displays a fine bead with delicacy and creaminess with a hint of marzipan and grapefruit pith on the finish. Delicious.
Aaron Brasher The Real Review 90/100
Lovely mousse and a persistent, fine bead when poured. Lemon and talc aromas along with yeast, melon skin and briar. Soft, creamy and round on the palate, quite rich, red fruited and fleshy. Smart length, dry and textured. 08 FEB 2023