Redolent of toasted brioche and rising bread, the 2012 Methode Traditionelle offers complex, yeast-driven aromas that complement the subtle nut and citrus notes. It's a medium-bodied blend of 91% Chardonnay and only 9% Pinot Noir, showcasing the crisp, citrusy notes of an aged blanc de blancs after 46 months on the lees. It tastes richer than it does weighty, juxtaposing creamy, nutty notes against an elegant bead and sensation of lightness. I'd expect it to age gracefully under cork, gradually gaining weight and additional toasty-nutty dimensions. (JC)
A beautifully styled and composed methode, the inviting bouquet shows white stone fruit, lemon peel and apple blossom characters with subtle yeasty complexity. The palate is finely textured and brightly flavoured with pristine fruit flavours together with zesty acidity, wonderfully framed by creamy mouthfeel.
A blend of Pinot Noir (65%) and Chardonnay that has spent at least 24 months in bottle before being disgorged. The Pinot Noir component gives the wine richness and body while the Chardonnay contributes toastiness and a racy acidity. Attractive and quite elegant Methode with freshness and energy.
A masterful sparkling with abundantly fresh nectarine, white peach and lemon citrus. The palate swings more into grapefruit territory and holds a neat, fresh and zesty stance. A savoury and stony finish.
Full, bright light-golden hued straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush, and persistent, vigorous bubbles. The bouquet is gently full with soft and delicately interwoven aromas of white and yellow fruits, lifted florals, and very fine, subtle bready autolysis, the aromatics refreshing and steely. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, tight and cutting flavours of white stonefruits are entwined with delicate yeasty autolysis notes, and build in intensity. The mouthfeel is crisp and racy, with refined effervescence. The palate follows a very subtle, dry phenolic line, carrying the wine to a long, mouthwatering, dry finish. This is an elegant, refined, refreshingly racy and dry methode traditionnelle with subtle autolysis. Serve as an aperitif over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit, 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay, fermented to 12.5% alc., with 7 g/L dosage, the wine aged a minimum of 24 months on lees.
This biodynamic blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Bendigo draws you in with attractive notes of ripe red apple, pressed yellow flowers, butter, and copper penny. It hooks you on the palate with a chalky texture, tingly acidity, and long, lingering finish. Complex and food friendly yet ultra drinkable. *Editors' Choice* (CP)
Toast and quince notes are elegant and refined, with a delicacy to the details of dried flowers, saline, yellow apple and Meyer lemon on the finish. (MW)
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