Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Barossa South Australia
Anyone who's enjoyed the plum and apricot hued Cockatoo Ridge Sparkling knows just how good these guys are at bubbly. They're a formidable player at sparklers that look and taste gorgeous, and they're also a cinch at the premium end of the market. Cuvee Eleanora draws grapes from the august inventory of estate vineyards, the winemakers have turned out small parcels of generously flavoured grapes and created an exciting wine that fuses the holy trinity of Chardonnay with Pinot Meunier, as dominated by the masculinity of Pinot Noir.
Cockatoo Ridge went to the Adelaide Hills and the King Valley for fruit that would best suit the stylish Cuvee Eleanora. A non vintage assemblage of elite wines, the Chardonnay largely drawn from the King Valley, the Pinot Noir material largely from the Adelaide Hills. A small component of Pinot Meuniere, at around ten percent, from the King Valley has been folded into the blend to enhance the complexity of fruit, and to bring the wine closer still to it's flavoursome continental siblings. The wine was kept on tirage for over a year, prior to disgorging and final bottling. The result is an elegant sparkling Cuvee displaying fine fruit, superb mouth feel and refreshing tang of good acidity.
Pale straw, apple green highlights, fine effervescence and persistent bead. Aromas of biscuit and fruit, caramel, cherry and grapefruit. The palate displays whisps of strawberry, toastyness and creamy textures, peach and sour morello cherry, vanillan and marzipan. A judiciously fruit-driven sparkling wine, with underlying yeast complexity, a grapefruit-like acidity, persistent, revitalizing and long.