Showing posts with label Pinot Chard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinot Chard. Show all posts

Monday, 27 December 2021

Howard Park Jeté Brut NV


A wonderfully structured and balanced sparkling from Howard Park. I'll have another glass thanks.

Saturday, 11 December 2021

Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvée 2017


For the time of year when fizz flows freely, here is an impressive sparkling wine sure to impress. A pre-dinner drink - yes please!

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Meerea Park Indie Vintage Brut Cuvee 2011


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.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Howard Park Grand Jeté 2015

Jeté is a ballet movement - something I never knew. The way this sparkling glides through the mouth I'm not surprised it's a dancer. A graceful and elegant wine in every sense.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Monday, 24 December 2018

Ridgemill Estate Eloise Sparkling Brut 2017

Festive season fizz is always a goer. This from a little producer always proud to push boundaries and producing consistently high-quality wines.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Seppelt Salinger Vintage 2013

I'm happy to be wrong but no other fizz would match honey soy chips as good as this. Not that I had honey soy chips on hand but you get the picture.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Ridgemill Estate Eloise Brut Rose 2014

I was scratching my head a bit with this fizz. A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, its appearance is not what you'd expect.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Angove Long Row Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV

You can't expect too much from a ten dollar fizz but this does the job pretty well.

Whiffs of melon, a squirt of citrus, poached apples sneak in late too. Although it is not a complex wine, toasted whole meal bread adds appeal through the mouth. Some zesty tang to finish.
Nothing amazing, nothing disastrous either. A good option for cheap fizz hunters.

Drink now.

85/100 - Good

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $10
Source: Sample

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2013

Crunchy green apple, white stone fruit hanging low plus some lemon zest. A good enough drink with some complexity offered from three years on lees. There's a generosity about it but the tart acidity and sour sherby tang get my attention - not in a good way mind you. A fair drink at a price point which is quite competitive for fizz. I wouldn't have more than a glass.

Drink to to three years.

88/100 - Good

Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $35
Source: Sample

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Katnook Founder's Block Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

A decent drink for the money. It feels a bit heavy in the mouth with some complexity coming from this Chardonnay weighted blend (60/40). Yeasty and sour dough, it's on the creamy spectrum. A zippiness to closes it out.

I could take it or leave it.

87/100 - Good

Region: Coonawarra
RRP: $23
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Heemskerk Coal River Valley Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2011

This comes in a bottle with a booty bigger than Beyoncé but the contents are far more stylish. Whilst I like the presentation, it's a bugger to store - but we eat with our eyes, right?

Oceans of pleasure spill out of the glass here. Fresh, elegant and precise.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Seppelt Salinger Vintage Cuvee 2012

The cork gods weren't kind here. The taint was bad enough to be noticed but not bad enough to screw the face up. Dare I say, many folk wouldn't have a clue this bottle was tainted anyway.

A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (60/30/10), it felt heavier in the mouth than expected. Scrumpy like, pureed apples, a lemon squeeze and some yeasty complexity. Good textural presence through the middle with a respectble length.

And extra point because it should be better than this.

Drink now.

90/100 - Very good

Region: Henty
RRP: $30
Source: Sample

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Abel's Tempest Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

A carefree fizz to help you kick on with your Sunday afternoon.

Fresh factor is the mover and shaker here. The Chardonnay is crisp and the Pinot adds good depth. Dry, lemon pith and zest, apples plus some almond meal and bready action provide a launchpad for refreshment with a delicious drive and length. It's well priced too. I'd easily kick back with a glass.

Drink now.

90/100 - Very good

Region: Tasmania
RRP: $32
Source: Sample

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Heemskerk Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2010

Tassie sparkling is in a great place at the moment and here is yet another reason why. The bottle is eye catching and the contents are just as captivating.

Having spent 36 months on lees, this Chardonnay Pinot is deliciously rich and complex.

Sour dough toastiness, some citrus twang, brioche and almond meal. Yeasty complexity lurks whilst the freshness of green apples saunters through. The palate is coated generously led by zippy lemon. Superb length with a dry finish; water cracker like perhaps.

Yes please!

Very good.

Region: Coal River, Tasmania
RRP: $60
Source: Sample 

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Seppelt Salinger NV

A reliable fizz year after year. Non vintage, a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (60/37/3) coming from four regions though predominantly Adelaide Hills and Tumbarumba.

Smells a little lemon rindy and toasty sour dough like. Creamy through the mid plate and exits with a citrusy zip. Nice palate weight too.

Consistency at a good price and readily available.

Very good.

Region: Adelaide Hill, Tumbarumba, Henty, Yarra Valley
RRP: $25
Source: Sample

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