It’s been weird popping this many corks by myself…
Don’t get me wrong, I can do it just fine (waitress in a past life), I just prefer handing the job to someone who’s more willing and brave. I still do the screwy face as I twist the bottle! But the self poppage means that I get the immediate puff of aromas as the cork releases. And this bottle was all yeast and citrus.
Once the froth subsided, it revealed a pale gold colour. That and the nose told me this is probably the most adult sparkling wine I’ve attempted since starting this ‘learning to like sparkling wine’ challenge.
Orange blossom, citrus (lime, orange peel), green apple and yeast on the nose.
Citrus, apple, toast on the palate – I read the toast as oak more than yeast autolysis. And mineral…like steely maybe? The lively mousse settles into a creamy medium length finish. Very sippable with a medium length finish.
Balance (1) + Length (½) + Intensity (½) + Complexity (½) = A good wine.
Drink now or, according to the producers, keep for 6 years. I drank it now!
Viti and Vini:
100% Chardonnay, 15% of the base wine is matured in new French oak, 20% comes from previous reserve wines, 45 months on the lees.