Scott Base ‘Emperor’ Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Brut 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 07-Jun-2013
Very pale straw colour, near colourless on rim. The bubbles are fine and moderately persistent. This has a very clean and pure bouquet with tightly bound aromas of white florals, minerals and steel, and subtle bready, nutty autolysis in the background. Dryish to taste, the palate combines delicate fruit sweetness and lusciousness with racy acidity. White florals, minerals and nuts show with delicacy, and there nuances of bread underlining the flavours. The mouthfeel is refined in texture and crisp, and the palate has drive and line that leads to a long, elegant and dry finish with nutty characters. This is a crisp, refreshing and minerally dry Blanc de Blancs method traditionnelle. A sparkling to serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 3+ years. 100% Chardonnay from Central Otago, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine undergoing MLF, aged 3 years on lees, and bottled with 8 g/L rs. Lot L279.01, disgorged on 12 September 2012. 17.5+/20 Jun 2013 RRP $33.50

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