95 Points James Halliday Top 100 Wines 2010
Chardonnay Pipers Brook Tasmania
Clover Hill's been producing pure varietal sparkling Chardonnay for many years. Assembled from a selection of elite Cuvees, matured on yeast lees for four years, followed by twelve months of ageing under cork prior to release. Disgorged with an addition of reserve wine, the doseage is prepared from components of Clover Hill reposing in oaken foudres.
Located along the Pipers River of northeast Tasmania, Clover Hill was established in the eighties as a dedicated sparkling wine estate, planted solely to the traditional varietals, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The sixty six hectare property overlooking Bass Strait has a similar climate to the Champagne region of France. Vines are close spaced and planted on deep, red volcanic soil in a frost-free amphitheatre, orientated north/south to maximise sunlight exposure. Clover Hill's commitment to creating Australia's finest sparkling wines has been recognized as Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year, and on more than one occasion as Winestate's Australasian Sparkling Wine of the Year.
Vibrant light straw in colour with a persistent fine bead and gentle foaming mousse. An assortment of fresh summer fruits, melon and citrus, pawpaw and pear. Instances of warm nutty yeast and developed almond/ toast characters, complex and elegant yet remarkably integrated. Slight savouriness. Fresh citrus to the palate with layers of toasted characters, tastes of melon, almond and bread dough flavours. Clover Hill is the essential Australian Blanc de Blanc sparkling with a crisp profile of fruit, exceptional length and lasting flavours. Drinking beautifully now but with the structure and balance to develop further richness and complexity, have Clover Hill with fresh shellfish or the classical almond dessert.