Sittella Grand Prestige Late Disgorged Blanc de Blancs 2010
100% Chardonnay, it is rare to find an Aussie sparkler which has spent anything like this amount of time – twelve years – on lees. Actually, it is rare to find a sparkler from anywhere which has spent that length of time on lees. Needless to say, the benefits are reflected in the glass. Deep gold, there are notes of toast and lemon butter, hazelnuts and a lovely biscuity character with hints of peach and stonefruit – an Aussie sparkler which really does offer excellent complexity. Exceptional length and fine balance too, it is a really good local fizz. The wine will certainly hold for several years but drinking it now seems the best idea. The price ensures it will compete with the big boys from offshore, but it is showing every sign of doing so and doing it well.