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This is the flagship Blanc de Blanc from Kate and Hamish at premium boutique Adelaide Hills winery, Deviation Road. This is the product of a vintage renowned for pure acid line and drive, the perfect base for linear, razor sharp Sparkling. It's premium in every sense; spending five years on lees and with minimal dosage, intensity is this Sparkling's middle name. Tyson Stelzer awarded this 95 points and called it "a vintage that unites presence with high-strung tension, promising exceptional endurance." - high praise from one of the country's leading critics of Sparkling wines. This is a scintillating wine for a special occasion, and one that will only improve with more time in bottle.
What it Tastes Like
"The cool '11 season has charged Beltana with a lightening bolt of acidity, yet, crucially, with a ripeness that keeps its balance in check. Focused lemon and apple fruit are accented with fennel and fleeting nuances of struck flint reduction, underscored by the wonderful, mouthfilling texture of almost 5 years on lees. This is a vintage that unites presence with high-strung tension, promising exceptional endurance." - Tyson Stelzer (Australian Wine Companion)
95 points. "The cool '11 season has charged Beltana with a lightening bolt of acidity, yet, crucially, with a ripeness that keeps its balance in check. Focused lemon and apple fruit are accented with fennel and fleeting nuances of struck flint reduction, underscored by the wonderful, mouthfilling texture of almost 5 years on lees. This is a vintage that unites presence with high-strung tension, promising exceptional endurance." - Tyson Stelzer (Australian Wine Companion)
Located high (550m) in the Lenswood district of the Adelaide Hills on Deviation Road, this 25 year old vineyard consistently produces outstanding Chardonnay for sparkling wine. Each parcel was handpicked and whole bunch pressed separately into tank for settling. Fermentation of these small batches lasted around 12 days and the wines in 2009 all went through malo-lactic ferment over winter to soften the acidity. Careful blending of the base wines was carried out in early spring before tirage (bottling). After a minimum of 5 years ageing on lees, each bottle has been riddled and hand disgorged on site in our Longwood winery. Small batches are disgorged at a time to allow the remaining bottles to continue ageing on lees as long as possible. The dosage liquor added at disgorging is crafted using a blend of base wines and is then aged for a minimum of 12 months.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2031
About the Producer
Deviation Road was started with an eye to producing some of the best sparkling wines and textural whites in the Adelaide Hills. It’s fair to say husband and wife team Hamish and Kate Laurie are right on track. With Kate’s experience as a winemaker in Champagne, she has managed to find a balance between the traditional and the contemporary to carve out her own style of winemaking. The wines she is producing are exceptional.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
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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