Vintage Pipers River
The growing season was cool and quite variable. Bud burst was
a week later than average and flowering was prolonged due to a
cool start to summer. The cool weather continued through summer
and autumn, perfect for slow ripening, flavour development and
natural acid retention.
Viticulture & Winemaking
Gentle handling, partial barrel fermentation and careful
assemblage has resulted in this classic Late Disgorged Vintage
Cuvée. Just shy of eight years ageing on lees has given the wine
refined yeast complexity. The extra years of maturation in the
bottle have created a depth and complexity to rival the world’s
greatest sparkling wines.
Pale gold in colour with a fine, persistent bead. Intense aromas
of fresh toast, lemon curd and nougat with underlying hints of
white flowers and fresh baked brioche. The palate is elegant and
powerful. The Chardonnay is the driving force providing purity and
length with notes of preserved lemon and sea spray. The Pinot Noir
complements the structure of the Chardonnay with mouth filling
texture, richness and flavours of rose water and wild strawberries.
Perfect as an aperitif, or enjoy with truffle infused scrambled eggs
and lobster on toasted brioche.
Composition: 56% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir
Growing Area: Pipers River, Tasmania
Harvested: 17th March - 26th April 2011
Time in Oak: 6 months (50% vol)
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