The 2008 vintage in Tasmania was warm and mild, producing exceptionally high-quality wines. The Blanc deBlancs was blended from five cuvées from our vineyard, picked over three weeks due to the varied alitutude.
All parcels were gently whole-bunch-pressed, fermented and underwent partial malolactic fermentation and batonnage in tanks. The wine was aged on lees in bottle for 37 months prior to the first disgorging.
- TAS - Tasmania
"Five cuvees were prepared for this blend and picking took place over three weeks. The original Clover Hill sparkling wine was also a Blanc de Blancs, in a neat twist of history. This gets 37 months on lees. Straight up, this is really good. It’s so pleasing o drink, even keeled, polished and refreshing. Bead is smooth and vibrant, there’s power but the wine retains a medium bodied feel. Apple and gentle patisserie aromas and flavours, a kiss of brine to whip the palate clean in the finish. Sophisticated, complex and very good."Rating 95 - Mike Bennie, www.winefront.com.au (JAN/2013)
"The bouquet brings burnt-toast and cracked-yeast characters, while the palate opens with jostling fruit and acidity, attractive delicacy and a slightly tart, tanginess. It finishes firm and long. "Rating 95 - Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (MAR/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2008 Blanc de Blancs is a pale straw colour with a fine, persistent bead and mousse.
It displays classic sparkling chardonnay charaters of lemon and white peach and a long, elegant palate driven by minerality and natural
acidity. The time on lees has added complex oyster shell, honeysuckle and brioche notes.
It is drinking beautifully now but has the structure to develop over the next 8-10 years.