Akarua Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 19-Dec-2015
Pale straw colour with a suggestion of blush and light green hues on the rim, the bubbles very fine and with modest persistence. The nose is softly full with delicately entwined aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, along with subtle bread and yeasty nuances. This has clarity and finesse, unveiling brioche and toasty autolysis detail that builds and melds with the Pinot Noir vinosity and substance. The aromatics grow in intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound and elegantly presented with a fine core of white and yellow stonefruits harmoniously interwoven with bready autolysis. The Pinot Noir stonefruit depth emerges providing increasing depth. The mouthfeel is creamy with soft effervescence supporting the very fine phenolic line and refreshing acidity. The flavours lead to an elegantly concentrated, lingering finish. This is an elegant and delicate methode traditionnelle with stylish stonefruit and autolysis flavours. Serve a an aperitif and with canapes over the next 3 years. 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, from 15 y.o. vines, hand-picked, WBP and fermented in tank and barrique, with MLF. The blend includes 15% base wine and triaged October 2012, the wine spending 18 months on lees and disgorged from September 2014. 13.0% alc. and 6.5 g/L dosage. 18.0+/20 Dec 2015 RRP $32.90

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