Category Archives: Sparkling

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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2010 Circe Blanc de Blancs

In this age of endless spiels about hands-off winemaking and some sort of naïve return to nature (proof positive of just how unhappy most of us are with the society we’ve created – which isn’t to suggest any of our … Continue reading

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2006 Champagne G.H.Mumm Millésime

Polished, glossy, showy big house Champagne. It impresses in its own way. 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay…and it does feel, smell and taste Pinot dominant. Autolytic power and depth. Strawberries and dark plums, danish and biscotti, roasted hazelnuts, apple and … Continue reading

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Deutz Marlborough Cuvée Brut NV

The old, trusty Deutz NV. Widely available for around the twenty-dollar mark and a crowd-pleaser at heart. 60% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir and 6% Pinot Meunier with three years spent on lees. Typical house-style honeyed nut richness and autolysis derived depth … Continue reading

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Marchand & Burch Crémant de Bourgogne NV

A new release for the Marchand & Burch label. The term Crémant is used for French sparkling wines made outside of Champagne. They spend a minimum of nine months on lees. Crémant de Bourgogne can contain a component of up to 20% … Continue reading

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2013 Henry’s Drive The Postmistress Blanc de Blanc

I don’t have any tech specs but with a wine like this that’s not really a big deal. It’s a lot like soda water with ill-defined flavours added. Apple, lemon and white peach maybe. Hard to tell as it froths … Continue reading

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2012 Longview W.Wagtail Brut NV

With “the race that stops the nation” (myself excluded) I though it best to get some sparkling wine reviews up. I’ve certainly been sent plenty of them lately. This was tasted in a bracket of ten. 65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot … Continue reading

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2010 Chandon Vintage Brut

Chandon’s Vintage Brut is looking particularly smart this year. The best expression I’ve seen since at least the 2006 vintage. It’s fresh, pristine and quite delicious. Grapes were sourced from the Yarra Valley, the King Valley, the Strathbogie ranges and … Continue reading

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De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV

Sourced from various regions in Victoria. Judging from this bottle (which is fraught with danger as it’s NV and released in batches) it’s a shame you don’t see it more often on Queensland retail shelves. Sure it doesn’t have great … Continue reading

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2009 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

A dry, minerally line and length take on Australian sparkling wine with fruit sourced from the Ducks Lane vineyard in Seville, Coombe Farm in Coldstream and Dalry Road in Healesville. It’s a blend of 74% Chardonnay and 26% Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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