|PROUDLY Australian sparkling
wine, not pretend Champagne
ONE TO NOTE: DOMAINE CHANDON Australia like to stress that despite their French ancestry, they do not pretend to be making Champagne in Australia – rather, they say, their gaol is to make the best-possible Australian sparkling wine.
A just-released 2012 Chandon Vintage Brut is a cracker, being made from fruit – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier – from Victoria's Yarra Valley, Whitlands Plateau and Strathbogie Ranges, areas whose elevations above sea level range from 250m to 820m, and which means for cool nights that help bring diverse flavour elements to the resultant wine.
At $41 this is a bubbly with an extremely fine bead and mousse, and flinty aromas ranging from quince to pine nut, citrus blossom and lemon zest. And in the mouth it's all about primary flavours of tangy lemon curd and kaffir lime, followed by secondary fresh-baked pastry.
If you've a reason coming up to celebrate, put a bottle of this in the fridge now.