Chardonnay Pinot Noir Great Southern Western Australia
A fortuitous confluence of vineyard terroir and microclime clime, conspire to achieve harvests of the most superlative Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, choice parcels which can translate into wines displaying refined balance between stately elegance and controlled power. Extended maturation on yeast lees has infused luxurious nutty brioche characters and evolved fruit richness, creaminess of mouthfeel and astonishing persistence of bead. The freshness and brightness of this engagingly complex sparkler belies its age.
Parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are all hand picked off the superior Noack Vineyard at Rocky Gully. Fruit is chilled and whole bunch pressed, retaining only the finest free run juices and minimizing phenolics. Components are treated to a variety of vinification techniques for added complexity, structure and richness, malolactic ferments and long term maturation in seasoned French oak barriques. A course of regular, non-oxidative, lees stirring battonage is employed to develop luxurious mouthfeel and texture. A extravagant four years of age on yeast lees is followed by the traditional disgorgement, dosage and reseal. Alcohol 12.5%