About This Wine
A magnificent, top-end Australian sparkling, Champagne-style wine. The sharp acidity from partial malolactic fermentation has not been masked by a generous dosage, but is more effectively balanced by the delicate texture of the intertwined fine oak and lees, fleshing out the acid backbone to a lengthy finish. This wine will be improving in bottle with age for the next 20 years.
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The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. Because of this, many different varietals are planted here with the most dominant being Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. It is generally thought of as a cooler region, especially when compared to neighbouring Barossa to the north and Mclaren vale and Langhorne Creek to the south.
NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been popular in Australia for a while now, but Adelaide hills Sauvignon Blanc (the most planted grape in the region) could be considered the Aussie Savvy Blanc. From www.adelaidehillswine.com.au about their Sauvignon Blanc: “Wines that are textured, edgy, vibrant and dry with exceptional fruit definition, length and crispness that marry superbly with summer seafood.”
You can also find some cool climate shiraz from the Adelaide hills, defying the more common big bold style that is usually seen in Australian Shiraz.
The Wine Front – Piccadilly in Adelaide Hills is familiar turf for the sparkling wines of Australia, and, here Terre a Terre have taken a slow and considered approach to theirs from this place. Some oak maturation lends complexity, as does the 60-plus months on lees. There ya go. Attractive, richer scents of honey on buttered toast, lemon curd, a whiff of Parisian almonds. The palate is soft but still holds the same sense of richness of the bouquet, but there’s a crisp, green apple freshness underlying. It’s quite understated, but really attractive in that way. The finish is a clincher, alive with tickly, mineral-like feel and a light chalky pucker. Classy stuff.
World Wine – Pale gold and exceptional bead. A highly complex style with powerful French pastry, and nutty complexity underling bright pristine green apple fruits. Classic tight, focused high acid style – juicy and taut that evolves layer after layer in the glass. Gorgeous fine and long, and the best yet under this label.
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