2016 Blanc de Blancs

After two and a half years of patient, gentle handling we have arrived at the inaugural release of our new Traditional Method Blanc de Blancs and we are elated to finally share this wine.

Hand-picked from a single block of estate Chardonnay plantings, this bubbly is the third addition to our expanding sparkling repertoire.

A wonderful brilliant colour in the glass with a fine, persistent bead. Aromatics are bright and fresh with notes of lemon and golden delicious apple complemented by subtle undertones of brioche, baked pear and just a hint of oyster shell.

The palate is equally bright, with lifted notes of citrus and fresh peach balanced by a nervy minerality, crisp acidity and a creamy palate weight. Elegant, yet with no shortage of concentration and length. We see this new signature release developing beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.

VINTAGE NOTES

The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace. Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and an extended harvest window that