I was quite excited to see this sample come through the door. I can't recall the last time I saw a fizz from Meerea Park. If it's as bubbly as winemaker Rhys Eather's sideline commentary at the rugby, we're in for a treat.
Made from Chardonnay harvested from the Lochleven Estate, it was fermented using the traditional method. Disgorgement took place in late 2019 with a dosage of 8g/L.
A powerful nose of roasted cashews leaps from the glass - it's Chardonnay roots are clear. Add to that some oyster shell and the clever introduction gets the juices flowing. Sourdough, arrowroot biscuit, green apple and slivers of almonds all add pleasure. Layered with wonderful weight, the texture and length on offer are most impressive. A fabulous fizz.
Drink to five years+
93/100Region: Hunter Valley