Chardonnay Pinot Noir Eden Valley South Australia
Australia's latest requisite fashion accessory, a darling little wine for all occasions. The ever popular Grant Burge Pinot Chardonnay is now available in a party size piccolo, the elegantly sufficient libation for the upcoming racing and festive season. Crafted to true Methode Traditionelle from fruit grown in the Eden Valley, much of it Grant's own Summers Hill vineyard. The grapes there have delicate, yet intense flavours, as well as good natural acidity. Lean, elegant and stylish, the essential fashion statement in the finest tradition.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are carefully hand picked to minimise maceration of grape bunches during transport. The crates are placed in refrigerated rooms at 4C to minimise the amount of colour extracted from the red skinned Pinot Noir grapes during pressing. The whole bunches are then loaded directly into the bag press and gently squeezed to produce a clear, fine juice fraction. The juice is then clarified and inoculated with native Champagne yeasts to ferment at cool temperatures. The percentage of Pinot Noir in the blend has gradually been increased to 80% to give greater depth of flavour and increased aromatics. The assemblage spends twenty seven months on tirage before disgorgement and liqueuring.
A wonderfully effervescent wine, tinged with copper hues. Exhibits yeasty and biscuit like aromas with hazelnut and brioche that combined with ripe strawberry and rose petal notes form a delicious and complex nose. A rich and generous palate shows flavours of bread dough, strawberry and oyster, with a lean acid backbone from its cool climate fruit origins and a lingering creamy mouth feel due to extended time on lees. The bead is small and delicate and serves to heighten all of the flavours and textures in the wine. This sparkling wine is adaptable to all occasions and as such is just as enjoyable with food as it is on its own. The style is one of elegance and finesse, balanced with flavour and, above all, drinkability. Enjoy.