Monday 16 February 2015

Pierrepoint Nick's Pick Pinot Gris - Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut

SEAFOODS, pork or pasta dishes all
match-up ideally with this Pinot Gris.

David Ellis

BOUTIQUE Pierrepoint Wines in Victoria's cool-climate Henty Region has released a seafood-matching 2013 Pinot Gris at a nicely-priced $20 a bottle at cellar door, even more nicely so at $15 by the dozen – and better still with free delivery anywhere in Australia if you order two dozen online.

Established in 1998 by Andrew and Jennifer Lacey in an area where late-ripening grapes develop wonderfully intense varietal flavours, this Nick's Pick label (named after son Nick who was born the year the Lacey's planted their first vines,) is typically Henty-fresh with up-front and concentrated Pinot Gris pear and apple overtones.

Fruit from carefully managed low-yielding vines was picked over three separate harvests – the first during the last week of February and the two later, and thus riper, in the second week of March, with the wine made by contract maker Scott Ireland.
AUSTRALIANS today snap-up
400,000 bottles a year of this
"Black Bottle Bubbly" for
partying or anytime enjoyment.

This is one that will reward beautifully with shellfish and salads, baked salmon, or if you are not much into seafoods, with pan-fried pork chops or creamy pasta dishes.

For more about the wine, ordering and delivery costs, phone (03) 5572 5553 email  or go onto

WATCH THIS ONE: WITH sales of over 150-million bottles a year in 150 countries, including over 400,000 in Australia, Spain's Freixenet is easily the world's biggest producer of Methode Champenoise sparkling wines – Cavas as they are known in their home country.

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut is the biggest seller of the company's half-dozen labels, a drop whose first fermentation is in tank and it's second in bottle and aged for up to 24 months in 54km of cool underground "caves" just south of Barcelona.

Dubbed by aficionados "Black Bottle Bubbly" because of its distinctive black bottle, it's crisp, clean and dry and with a lower acidity than most sparkling wines for a softer, smoother finish… and at just $16, ideal for partying (or any time really.)

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 for week beginning 16 February 2015

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