No. 1 Family Estate ‘Cuvee Adele’ Methode Traditionnelle 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 15-Nov-2012
A blend of 80% Mendoza clone Chardonnay and 20% clone 10/5 Pinot Noir, hand-picked, WBP, carrying 12.5% alc. and 3g/L dosage, the wine aged on lees 30 months. Bright straw-yellow colour with a hint of gold and the faintest blush, pale on rim. The bead is very fine and persistent. This has a very refined and elegant nose, harmoniously and gently concentrated with vibrant aromas of yellow florals and white stonefruits, intermixed with subtle aromas of fresh bread yeast and hints of minerals. Dry to taste, this is exceptionally refined with delicate and subtly rich flavours of stonefruits, apples and florals intertwined with soft notes of yeasty autolysis. Beautifully fine-textured, this flows seamlessly with great detail which is enhanced by acid vitality. The mousse is smooth and near-creamy, and palate has great energy and poise which carries through to a very long, nuanced and refreshing finish. This is a refined and elegant sparkling wine with subtle richness and vitality, along with a seamless mouthfeel. Serve this classy wine as an aperitif over the next 4-5 years when it will develop more complex toasty notes. (Addendum: Served from a specific deluxe Champagne flute, the autolytic character was greatly enhanced and the degree of complexity became more apparent. The wine could merit a higher rating than the initial score here.) 19.0+/20 Nov 2012 RRP $125.00

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