Gibbston Valley Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle ‘Extra Brut’ NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 15-Dec-2014
Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, lighter on edge, the bead persistent and fine. The bouquet is full and voluminous with deep aromas of fresh white florals and yellow stonefruits, very expressive of Chardonnay, harmoniously melded with refined, bready autolysis, unfolding subtle aldehyde complexities. Dry to taste and very fine and softly textured, the flavours of citrus fruits and yellow stonefruits are entwined with piquant bready autolysis, forming a refined, driven core. The mouthfeel is soft with smooth, enlivening effervescence. Attractive complex aldehyde and nutty elements emerge and carry through to a long and tight finish with toast and bread-yeast nuances. This is a soft, finely-textured methode traditionnelle with harmonious yellow fruits and bread-yeast flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with white meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. 70% Chardonnay from the ‘China Terrace’ vineyard and 30% Pinot Noir from Gibbston and Bendigo, 70% being 2011 vintage and 30% from 2010, the fruit hand-picked and WBP, 50% barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., with 80% MLF, and tiraged with 4 g/L dosage after 10 months, the wine spending 27 months on lees. 18.5/20 Dec 2014 RRP $45.00

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