Ashton Hills Pinot Noir 2020

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About This Wine

The Piccadilly sub-region may be small, yet the undulating topography means the difference between its sites can be pronounced. This 2019 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir was sourced predominantly from Ashton Hills, and then blended with small parcels from the neighbouring Blefari Vineyard and Jim Grigg’s Cemetery Block in Uraidla. When compared to the estate site, the Uraidla has deeper soil and lying further down the valley it is warmer, has less rainfall and is less humid. In an average year, the Grigg vineyard will be picked a couple of weeks earlier than the Ashton Hills vineyard, though at the same ripeness. The addition of the Blefari block on Bickles Road, Summertown (named after the Blefari family who manage the site), comes courtesy of the Wirra Wirra connection. The site lies close enough to Ashton Hills that Paul Smith reckons he could land a golf ball in the Blefari vines from Stephen George’s house. For his part, Stephen George is delighted with the opportunity to work with fruit from a site he believes produces the most Burgundian-style Pinot he has seen in the Ashton Hills’ vineyards. Still, we should note that only 20% of this wine is sourced from the latter two, non estate sites.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Brand Ashton Hills
Vintage 2019

Wines from Champagne

Associated with luxury, celebration, Champagne is where the world’s most prized sparkling wine originates. In the past it was very common for people to confuse the term Champagne and sparkling wine as they are so synonymous. By EU law however, only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region and under strict quality standards can legally be called by that name.

Sparkling wine produced the Champagne way, goes through secondary fermentation in the bottle. This is known as méthode champenoise or outside of Champagne it is called the traditional method. When the yeast inside the bottle have finished working, they die and become lees. The lees remain in contact with the wine until the winemaker decides to take them out, creating texture, richness, and complexity in the wine.

In comparison, the other popular way of fermenting sparkling wine is called the Charmat method where the fermentation happens en masse in a large tank and extended lees contact does not happen. . This is cheaper and rather than emphasizing richness and complexity, the tank method enhances clean fruit and aromatics, making wines that are youthful and easy drinking.

The principal grapes that go into making champagne include: Chardonnay (white), Pinot Noir (red) and Pinot Meunier (red). A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labelled Blanc de blancs while ones comprised of only red grapes will be called Blanc de noirs. Whether it be white or rose however, most Champagne is made from a mix of both red and white grapes.

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