Brown Brothers Non Vintage Pinot Noir Chardonnay 750ml


Type:  Sparkling Wine      Drink Before:  Drink Now
Country: Australia   Bottle Size:  750mL
Style:  Dry   Vintage:  Non Vintage
Grape Type:  Pinot Noir,Chardonnay   Food Match:  Aperitifs
Alcohol:  13.0%      

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Sparkling wines are made for celebrations! Can vary from sweet Moscato styles to drier Chardonnay or Pinot Noir blends. These wines are lean and austere with complex yeast characters, creamy texture and fine acidity.

The blend of the different wines used to make sparkling wine is called the cuvée. Premium cuvée for sparkling wine is made from various combinations of the grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. When grown in areas that experience cool ripening conditions like the King Valley and our high country Whitlands vineyard, the varieties produce sparkling wines of finesse, elegance and delicacy of flavour. The ultimate factor that determines overall quality in the production of traditional bottle-fermented sparkling wines is the grape varieties represented in the various parcels of wine for blending. Chardonnay from cool regions provides finesse, lightness and elegance and on tasting is detectable initially due to its aromatic lift and relatively high fruit intensity. On the other hand, Pinot Noir, the backbone to many sparkling wines, provides fullness, weight and length to the palate while Pinot Meunier adds fruitiness and roundness.

This wine is a blend of different parcels of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier fruit from cool climate vineyards in the King Valley and selected vineyards in Victoria. All fruit was gently whole bunch pressed to minimise contact between the juice and the grape skins and seeds. 100% of the fruit underwent malolactic fermentation and after vintage the various wines were assembled and assessed. The selected blend then underwent secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine then spent time on yeast lees to add complexity and allow greater time for the merging of aged and yeast autolysis characters. It was then disgorged, liqueured and bottled.

This wine makes an ideal aperitif or as an accompaniment to a range of appetisers. It is delightful with natural oysters drizzled with a dressing of chopped coriander, lemongrass, lime juice and olive oil two or three minutes before serving.  It would also be ideal with smoked salmon and caviar blinis. And for a main meal why not try marinated salmon with avocado, chives and chervil.

This current release sparkling wine has an attractive pale green-gold colour with lifted aromas of green apples and citrus. One sip and the wine explodes in the mouth, with citrus flavours accompanied by a soft creaminess which provides delicateness and finishing with refreshing acidity
95 points, James Halliday's Top 100 Wines 2010
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