Spy Valley ‘Echelon’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 11-Jan-2013
56% Pinot Noir and 44% Chardonnay from the Johnson Estate ‘Lodge' and ‘B' blocksfermented and aged 1 year, with at least 18 months lees contact in bottle. 11.5% alc. and 2.7 g/L rs. Bright pale straw-yellow colour, pale on rim, with a fine and persistent bead. The bouquet is fine and elegant with concentrated, lively and steely aromas of yellow stonefruit showing Pinot Noir, along with restrained bread yeast and nutty autolytic notes adding interest. Very dry, fine-featured and tightly bound, the palate has a sauvage austerity with flavours of white stonefruits, chalky minerally elements and subtle yeasty notes. The acidity is in harmony, adding a mouthwatering aspect to a finely textured palate line which carries through to a dry finish with yeast and bread notes. This is a dry and tightly concentrated method traditionnelle to serve as an aperitif, or to accompany shellfish over the next 3-4 years. 17.5-/20 Jan 2013 RRP $32.00

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