Pinot Noir Chardonnay Barossa Eden South Australia
A handmade Methode Traditionelle sparkling from the Mt Crawford parcel, named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn-Clarke vineyard. This site was specially selected as it is so ideal to grow the two grape varieties which respond to cold climate. 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay grapes were picked at night and barrel aged for six months on lees to infuse the great depth of Pinot flavour. The result of the Thorn-Clarke's careful site selection and superb winecraft is a deep, guava coloured, full and yeasty Soth Australian sparkler brimming with body and hints of stonefruit.
The grapes were crushed after picking and de-stemmed immediately to ensure minimum skin contact and phenolic extraction. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were fermented separately under cool conditions to ensure delicacy of the base wine, these base wines were then blended to obtain the desired characters. The base wine was re-fermented and left on lees for six months to maximise mouthfeel and complexity of the wine. Alcohol II% Sugar 10.5 pH 3.2.
Visibly a finer quality sparkling in it's clas with a distinguished bead and warm velvety hues. Very pale pink / salmon colour. The nose is showing some interesting nutty and yeasty characters with underlying strawberry fruit. On the palate this wine is a light bodied but full flavoured sparkling with some great kiwi fruit and guava characters. Serve on any occasion chilled or closer to room temperature for added zest.