Monday 26 September 2011

Sparkling Spring Racing with Blue Pyrenees


This spring racing season is set to sparkle with Blue Pyrenees releasing their two new sparkling wines out of the gates in time for their largest and most coveted event, the PJA Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup.

2008 Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvee (RRP $30)

Blue Pyrenees Luna (RRP $20)

These 100% estate-grown and crafted Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines from Blue Pyrenees will see the punters sipping trackside in style, and will be the perfect accompaniment to any lawn party this spring racing season.

Blue Pyrenees is one of the Australia's 'favourites' when it comes to producing both sparkling and table wines and using tried and tested contemporary winemaking techniques combined with parcels of top-quality fruit has led this winery to be a leader in their field.

The Western Victorian vineyard sites provide an ideal terroir for producing grape varietals used in sparkling wines. The company's flagship sparkling wine, the Midnight Cuvee is named after a time consuming yet worthwhile harvesting trial from the 1980's, where the sparkling Chardonnay grapes were handpicked under the light of the moon (and a few floodlights!) starting at midnight, avoiding the heat of day and delivering the grapes in optimum condition plus a bonus increase in natural acidity. This spectacular sparkling wine has benefited from 3 years on yeast lees but retains the original balance, length and fresh acidity from the night picked grapes.

The harvesting and winemaking methods, including bottle fermentation, is replicated for Midnight Cuvee's non-vintage sibling Luna, and Andrew Koerner, Senior Winemaker at Blue Pyrenees is extremely proud of the results. "The quality and value of both of these wines demonstrates that Blue Pyrenees are among the frontrunners of Australian and international sparkling wine producers. From vineyard to glass, we take exorbitant amounts of care to ensure that the end result is positively memorable".

These two sparkling wines and more from the award-winning Blue Pyrenees range will be available at one of Victoria's premier days in the spring racing calendar, the PJA Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup. Happening Saturday 15th October,  it is a day not to be missed and will feature the regions best food, wine and hospitality! For further information visit

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