95 Points and Top 100 Wines 2014 James Halliday
Chardonnay Pinot Noir PinotMeuniere Pipers Brook Tasmania
A multi vintage cuvee of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, assembled exclusively from parcels picked off Clover Hill's estate vineyards at Pipers Brook. Fermented in it's own bottle and aged on yeast lees for at least two years, infusing the intensity of an extravagant elevage while capturing the vivacity of Pipers River fruit, a masterful construct of remarkable structure and finesse. Subtly complex, Cuvee Tasmania is characterised by rich, creamy layers of Chardonnay opulence, integrating beautifully with the cherry sherbet chic of Pinot Noir.
Since inaugural vintage, Clover Hill has been crafted to full Methode traditionnelle, a highly specialised process which demands considerable patience and expertise. Grapes are gently whole bunch pressed and fermented in separate batches, followed by a preliminary bottling with active yeasts and a small amount of sugar (tirage). Clover Hill is then matured on lees while being treated to a course of bottle riddling, gradually rotated until the lees eventually settle in the neck of the bottle. The neck is then frozen and degorged before a dosage of liqueur d'expedition and reserve wines aged in French oak foudres to define the excellence and style which is Clover Hill. Alcohol 12.5%
Soft, pale lemon colour, a lively, persistent bead and gentle, creamy mousse. Attractive, zesty lemon and citrus nose complemented by ripe melon and white peach characters. The palate displays a long acid line and soft, aged almond kernel over bread crust flavours which create fullness. An elegant sparkling exhibiting all the hallmarks of of a grand Tasmanian cuvee, resolving on a finish of ripe fruit flavours and fresh, crisp acid.