Black Barn Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2010

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Jun-2013
A second disgorgement. 100% estate Chardonnay, hand-picked, WBP and fermented in tank and barrels with 100% MLF and batonnage. Secondary fermentation in bottle with 22 months on lees, disgorged in December 2012. 12.8% alc. with 8 g/L dosage. Identifiable by the unbranded corks. Bright, full straw-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on rim. The bubbles are very fine with good persistence. The bouquet is solidly presented with firmly concentrated aromas of white and yellow stonefruits and layers of savoury, bready autolysis in a complete amalgam. Dryish to taste, the mouthfeel is softly effervescent and mouthfilling with broad and harmoniously interwoven flavours of savoury white stonefruits and bready, yeasty notes. Though with substance and presence, this retains a sense of elegance from the soft, creamy textures and underlying gentle acidity which carries the flavours to an off-dry, refreshing finish. This is a harmonious and integrated method traditionnelle with positive autolysis depth and a creamy richness. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 3+ years. 18.0+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $39.90 The first disgorgement. 100% estate Chardonnay, hand-picked, WBP and fermented in tank and barrels with 100% MLF and batonnage. Secondary fermentation in bottle with 22 months on lees, disgorged in November 2011. 12.8% alc. with 8 g/L dosage. Identified by the branded corks. Bright straw-yellow with light lemon-green hues, pale on rim. The bubbles are fine and persistent. The nose is softly full and voluminous with moderately rich citrus and white stonefruit aromas and delicate layers of bready autolysis. There are lifted nuances of florals and the fruitiness is the feature. Dryish to taste, elegantly fresh flavours of attractive florals and lifted citrus fruits are underlined by a fine, tight, autolytic thread and fresh, lively acidity. The mousse is zesty and adds to the drive, carrying the flavours to a refined, moderately long finish. Fresh, lifted citrus and floral fruit is the feature, with delicate autolysis and acid in support. Serve as an aperitif over the next 3+ years. 18.0/20 Jun 2013 RRP $39.90 100% estate Chardonnay, hand-picked, WBP and fermented in tank and barrels with 100% MLF and batonnage. Secondary fermentation in bottle with 10 months on lees, disgorged in November 2011. 12.8% alc. with 8 g/L dosage. Light lemon-golden hued straw-yellow colour, full and even with moderately persistent, fine bead. The bouquet is based on fresh apple and citrus fruits with yellow florals and subtle bready yeasty nuances that emerge in the glass. Full with good depth on the nose, this has a steeliness to the expression. Dry and crisp, with a lively, fresh mousse, refined and attractive citrus, exotic floral and apple flavours are enlivened by fine acidity, and the wine flows smoothly along the palate line. Delicate yeasty notes and flinty, nutty elements add interest and combine with the fruit, carrying through to a crisp, lively and dry finish of clarity and purity. This is a lively and fine-featured method traditionnelle wine with Chardonnay fruit finesse and subtle autolysis. Serve as an aperitif over the next 3-4 years. 18.0-/20 Oct 2012 RRP $39.90

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