Years of French winemaking tradition are used to blend the Clover Hill Blanc de Blanc using 100% Chardonnay grapes.
- TAS - Tasmania
Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Bourne (Australia), 26 Nov 09 "... It smells of freshly cut lemons with hints of cool, wet river pebbles and candy floss. Austerity is a one-word description of the palate, which is refreshingly dry with a lemon zest finish."
Weekend Australian, James Halliday (Australia), 14 Nov 09 95 Points "... the bouquet is fresh and vibrant, the palate intense and long, with exceedingly crisp and zesty citrus flavours, then a dry, well-balanced finish."
Winery Tasting Notes
The first Clover Hill sparkling wine, the 1991 vintage, was made entirely from Chardonnay grown on our premium sparkling vineyard in the Pipers River region of Tasmania. Today, when we have an exceptionally high quality Chardonnay vintage, we draw on this history and years of French winemaking tradition to blend the Clover Hill Blanc de Blancs.The 2005 vintage in Tasmania was warm and mild, producing exceptionally high quality wines. The Blanc de Blancs was blended from five separate cuveés sourced from our own vineyards. Two cuveés made from Coal Valley grapes were included in the blend for added stone fruit characters, weight and complexity. All the parcels were gently whole bunch pressed, fermented and underwent partial malolactic fermentation and batonnage in tank. The wine was aged on lees in bottle for 38 months prior to the first disgorging. Winemaker Comments The 2005 Blanc de Blancs is a pale straw colour with a fine, persistent bead and mousse. It displays classic sparkling Chardonnay characters of lemon and white peach, and a long, elegant palate driven by minerality and natural acidity. The time on lees has added complex honey and brioche notes. It is drinking beautifully now but has the structure to develop over the next 8- 10 years