Category Archives: Sparkling

2008 Brown Brothers Patricia Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut

Brown Brothers have sold the Whitlands vineyard in the King Valley. It’s the site that has always produced the grapes for this wine and with great success in the past. A blend of 79% Pinot Noir and 21% Chardonnay with … Continue reading

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2004 Arras Blanc de Blancs

Eight years on lees. Complexity via maturation. The delicate profile of the Chardonnay fruit sits under rich and nutty autolysis derived character. Buttery brioche, green apple, marzipan and caramel with savoury toasted sourdough joining ginger spice and grapefruit on the … Continue reading

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Howard Park Jeté Sparkling Rosé NV

It’s early days for Howard Park’s venture into sparkling wines. They’re sourcing their grapes from the Great Southern region – Mount Barker in this case. Base wines are fermented in both stainless steel and used French oak. 98% Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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2009 Cargo Road Sparkling Zinfandel

Australia’s only sparkling Zinfandel…which won’t surprise many readers. Winemaker James Sweetapple really is obsessed by the variety. As you walk down the stairs into the winery a lengthy shelf of emptied Zinfandel and Primitivo bottles from all over the world sit … Continue reading

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2008 Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée

Spends about four years on lees and is an assemblage of 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir all sourced from the Pipers River area in the north of Tasmania. Plenty of autolytic derived depth and character but the fruit isn’t … Continue reading

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2011 Luke Lambert Sparkling Chardonnay

Beautifully packaged and rather fascinating yet I’m not totally sold. Aromas of apple cider, washed rind cheese, nuts and chicken stock. It isn’t a fruity wine and despite the use of oak, complete wild fermentation and 100% malo it seems … Continue reading

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2009 Teusner MC Sparkling Shiraz

If you’re looking for a Sparkling Shiraz with overt aged complexity, particularly of the mushroom variety, then this isn’t the wine for you. At least not yet. I’d love to see what it might serve up in another five to ten … Continue reading

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Is Orange the New Black?

“Other people aren’t the scariest part of prison…it’s coming face to face with who you really are. Because once you’re behind these walls, there’s nowhere to run, even if you could run. The truth catches up with you in here…and … Continue reading

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2008 André Clouet Millésimé Brut

I believe this is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay although I’m happy to be corrected. Certainly tastes as though there is some Chardonnay in the mix. This really did blow me away and I’d like to … Continue reading

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André Clouet Rosé Brut NV

The village of Bouzy in Champagne is Pinot Noir country and that’s the only variety used in this Rosé. I was actually introduced to the wine by Dan Buckle of Chandon in the Yarra Valley and the word he used to capture … Continue reading

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