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Tasmania could now safely be considered the home of premium Sparkling wine in Australia. The Australian arm of the Kreglinger empire has been pursuing excellence in Sparkling since 1893. This is a classically styled Blanc-de-Blanc from the Pipers Brook region, a place that the winery says, "compares favourably with conditions in the French district of Champagne" This is a wine style that does well with time in bottle. It is only just now hitting its peak. The perfect accompaniment for fresh oysters or even as an aperitif.
What it Tastes Like
"The accent is on freshness and citrus fruit with grilled nuts providing complexity; the palate is quite racy and minerally, with a tightly wound core of lemony acidity providing length; this is a rich style, best suited for the dinner table." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
93 points. "The accent is on freshness and citrus fruit with grilled nuts providing complexity; the palate is quite racy and minerally, with a tightly wound core of lemony acidity providing length; this is a rich style, best suited for the dinner table." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
2003 Kreglinger Brut de Blancs Located in the prestigious maritime wine region of northern Tasmania at a latitude of 41° south, the cool coastal slopes of the Pipers Brook wine region and the east southeast facing slopes of our Kreglinger Vineyard have produced a truly exceptional cuvee. This cuvee has captured all the unique characteristics and expression of fine sparkling wine, utilizing the noble grape variety of chardonnay to produce this outstanding Kreglinger Brut de Blancs. Vineyard Sources This wine is sourced from specific sparkling vineyard sites in the Pipers Brook district. These sites are all based on basaltic soils and are east-southeast facing. This aspect gives a ripening potential expressed in day-degrees summation of around 950–1050 day-deg C. This compares favourably with conditions in the French district of Champagne (1030 day-deg C). Viticulture Grapes were harvested early March between 9.5 and 10 Baume and with 12-14 gm/litre of titratable acidity. Despite this naturally high acid structure, the grapes have undergone a full ripening process and as a result have restrained but fully developed flavours. The natural acidity of the grapes also confers considerable ageing potential to the wine. Trellising: All grapes are grown on narrow spaced vineyards (1.5m-1.9m row spacing). The vines are vertically shoot positioned (VSP), hand pruned in winter and hedge trimmed in summer. Winemaking The grapes are all hand picked in small parcel lots and carefully transported to the nearby winery where they are delicately pressed within an hour of picking. Modern computer PLC controlled Bucher airbag presses are used with our own modified champagne cycle, to produce around 400 litres per tonne of free run juice from the whole bunch pressed grapes. Only this pure free run juice (cuvee) component is used in the Brut de Blanc. Base wines were fermented entirely in old, neutral French oak barriques and aged on gross lees until the tirage blend took place in the new calendar year, followed by the tirage. The wine was then stored in a temperature controlled cellaring environment to enhance bottle fermentation and style evolution. The wine was disgorged in mid 2009, followed by some time on cork prior to release.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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