The production of “Methode Traditionelle” sparkling wines has been an integral part of the winemaking at Blue Pyrenees for many years. The Sparkling Shiraz expresses its “terroir” or “where it comes from” better than any other Blue Pyrenees sparkling. Select parcels of Shiraz are nominated in the vineyard or winery for sparkling wine production due to displaying prominent varietal and regional characters along with soft tannins and restrained alcohol. The Pyrenees grape growing seasons are generally ideal for Shiraz starting with winter rains, cool springs and summers, followed by warm autumns, perfect for ripening red grapes. Approximately 5 days primary fermentation on skins in open fermenters, is followed by gentle pressing to tank and then racking off the yeast lees to small and large oak vats for 2 years oak maturation. Secondary bottle fermentation then occurs before another 1-2 years bottle maturation which allows integration of the fruit flavours, tannin, carbon dioxide and yeasty complexity. Finally riddling, disgorging and the ultimate fine tuning (dosage) for consumption takes place resulting in a spectacularly unique product.
- VIC - Other Victorian
The wine spends two years in small and large oak vats before being taken to bottle for the secondary fermentation, when it has another 1-2 years on yeast lees. This results in an elegant, spicy, complex wine with a most attractive savoury finish, not the sweetness that dogs many sparkling shirazs. Blue-gold Sydney International Wine Challenge '13. Rating 94 - Drink by 2016 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (APR/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright ruby red with a youthful hue.
The Pyrenees cardamom like spices, ripe plummy fruit, a hint of oak and mature chocolate like tannin make for an appealing aroma.
The flavours generally follow on from the aromas with sweet dark plum fruit up front, a rich chocolate confection mid palate, and a lingering soft tannin and spicy finish.
Released as a mature style it is ready to appreciate now.
Medals & Trophies
Blue Gold - Sydney International Wine Show 2013
Silver Medal - International Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, 2014