A pale sunset pink in the glass, our Blanc de Noir exhibits classic Champagne-style aromatics of brioche, rose petal, roasted almond and red apple. The palate is crisp and refreshing with a wonderful mousse present and fine bubble. Long and complex with wild strawberry, grapefruit, clementine complemented by more savoury notes of beet and cassis.
A lingering toasty character comes in a wave at the finish, a result of the 22 months on lees. So enjoyable now, the bright tension and quality of fruit found in this bubbly ensures a long life line. Watch evolve beautifully over the next 4-7 years.
This traditional method sparkling was crafted from a single block of Pinot Noir planted in 1985. Picked on the 3rd of September at an optimal window to capture the bright acidity and purity of fruit sought after for this wine. The base wine was fermented in a selection of used puncheons and barriques and aged on fermentation lees until May of 2020. The wine then underwent a secondary fermentation in bottle and was aged for 22 months on secondary lees before disgorgement in March of 2022, where 5 g/L dosage of our still 2019 Pinot Noir was added.
Varietal: 100% Pinot NoirAlcohol: 12.3%Residual Sweetness: 5 g/L pH: 2.90 Total Acidity: 6.9 g/L
Our 2019 growing season was not without its challenges. Winter started unusually warm and dry but took a turn late in the season with sustained temperatures below -20 C arriving in February. Vines suffered from a range of winter damage. As a result, drawn out and uneven bud break was evident in several of our vineyard pockets. Conditions turned more favourable in May allowing delayed shoots to catch up. However, rain set in towards the end of June and periods in July, keeping the vineyard team on their toes regarding crop protection and canopy work. A warm and dry August gave us ideal ripening conditions and set us up for harvest to begin on schedule.Dodging rain showers throughout the rest of September, harvest continued until early October when the first frost caused the vine canopy to drop and us to bring in the remaining parcels of fruit. Although yields are shy from 2019, the wines have so far emerged as beautifully nuanced with restrained alcohols and purity of fruit.