Taltarni Taché 2013

Not to be confused with the famous La Tache from Burgundy, though the name probably has similar origins – ‘tache’ being the French word for ‘stained’. When the team at Taltarni are disgorging this sparkler, there is a dash of red added – in other words, they ‘stain’ the fizz with red wine. 

Made from grapes sourced in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, the wine is a blend of 63% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir and 8% Pinot Meunier. 

The colour is the palest of pinks. While it retains its elegance, it does have more body and intensity than the Rose – that will appeal to some and perhaps others would opt for the more delicate of the pair. The nose has an appealing unripe strawberry note, mingling with florals, most notably rose petals and a hint of warm earth after rain. The richness gives it a profile which allows it to be matched with a completely different array of foods, slightly richer choices. Needless to say, cracking value and it joins the Taltarni sparklers adorned with all manner of medals and awards.

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