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Quality Sparkling Rosé like this doesn’t come around at this price every day.
In the Altair Sparkling Rosé you can see the love of this wine style from husband and wife winemaking partners, Kate & Hamish Laurie. Kate was trained in Champagne and those skills she obtained during her time there are beautifully on display here.
“Her sparklings are among the most restrained and textured in the Hills and her Rosé is graceful, alluring and intricately crafted. An estate to watch.” - Tyson Stelzer
This is bright, fresh, spicy and complex - a ridiculous bargain if you are on the hunt for classy, elegant Australian Sparkling that won’t cost an arm and a leg. With 94 points from Tyson Stelzer, this is brilliant drinking for any day of the week.
What It Tastes Like
“Gorgeous red cherry and strawberry fruit with pink pepper accents is framed in a lively salmon-pink guise with pinot noir playing a more prominent role than its 20% representation might suggest. The elegance of cool, high Adelaide Hills chardonnay predominantly from the ‘13 season takes the lead, with almost 3 years of lees age building seamless texture without diminishing youthful fruit expression. Excellent acid line is elegantly tweaked by a low dosage of 8.5g/l.” - Tyson Stelzer (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points “A gorgeously elegant cuvee that articulates the character of Adelaide Hills pinot noir and chardonnay with the utmost grace and finesse. Subtle strawberry hull, red cherry, pink grapefruit and lemon define a primary and pristine style, impeccably supported by vibrant Adelaide Hills acidity and invisible dosage. Rarely does SA ever come so close to Champagne.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points and Value for Money Star “Gorgeous red cherry and strawberry fruit with pink pepper accents is framed in a lively salmon-pink guise with pinot noir playing a more prominent role than its 20% representation might suggest. The elegance of cool, high Adelaide Hills chardonnay predominantly from the ‘13 season takes the lead, with almost 3 years of lees age building seamless texture without diminishing youthful fruit expression. Excellent acid line is elegantly tweaked by a low dosage of 8.5g/l.”
- 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.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2018
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.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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