Whereas the Blanc de Blancs was 100% Chardonnay (obviously), the fruit for the Brut is a blend of 57% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir and a dollop of Pinot Meunier, just 2%. It has been sourced from the Pyrenees, Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills, and it spent four years on lees. One does not expect to be paying a mere $26 for a wine which has spent four years on lees and consequently, one is forced to wonder how on earth it is even a commercial proposition. No matter, that is not the consumer’s problem. Take advantage!
The wine is well structured and yet elegant. Nuts and stonefruit kick things off and there are hints of grapefruit, brioche and even some Violet Crumble honeycomb, if you look closely. There is surprising persistence here. A wine which will appeal now but there is no reason it can’t go into the cellar for quite a few more years. And as should be obvious, it really is cracking value.
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