|A CRACKER for party-room celebrating
or that special-occasion dinner.
ONE TO NOTE: TASMANIA'S Heemskerk has vineyards in some of the most southerly and therefore coolest grape-growing regions in Australia, places that allow for slow and gentle ripening of fruit and the subsequent preservation of important natural acid.
Named after the flagship of Dutch explorer and merchant Abel Tasman who sighted Tasmania's west coast in November 1642, Heemskerk was founded in 1975, had a colourful history with a half-dozen owners and mixed fortunes over the years, and is now part of Treasury Wine Estates. And a Heemskerk Coal River Valley Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2010 that's just been released is a little ripper of a bubbly we think you'll find a cracker for party-room celebrating.
From a vintage whose growing conditions were close to ideal, this is a sparkling with a bouquet of delicate citrus blossom, fresh lemon and notes of almond nougat, with the almond nougat together with preserved lemon notes the most forward on the palate. There's also a nice chalky minerality; a beaut special-occasion drop at $60.