A truly unique label from a winemaker that carves his own ground. Philip Shaw has made his home in Orange, New South Wales and his cellar door there is rather spectacular.
The Champagnes from the house of JL Vernon have much to offer by way of delight and the cellar door in the centre of the village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is well worth a visit. Being Cote des Blancs fruit, most of these wines are sourced from Grand Cru vineyards. All bar the rose are 100% Chardonnay, blanc de blancs wines made by Christophe Constant.
This fizz is often lauded as one of New South Wales’ best sparkling offerings and having tasted it several times recently, it is a wine that certainly stands up and puts itself forward. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for this wine come from the very cool climate Tumbarumba region and display the fine ripe flavours and the acid to balance the bubbles. The Dalliance 2010 is a richer wine compared to the 2008 and it has evolved into a rich honey citrus and cinnamon apple wine layered with brioche and almond nougat.
Not only does it work as an aperitif, with that intensity and texture, try it with seafood, light canapés and starters too. Just don’t serve it too cold and really enjoy the complexity that the 2010 has to offer.
Date: 7th December 2014 Price: $35 Value: $$ Drink: Now, why wait
It is no secret that I am a fizz fan. At a recent tasting, this was one of my favourite finds.
Firstly some background. Franciacorta in Northern Italy is a great source of fizz that, partly because of the strength of our own domestic sparkling wine selection, is still as yet relatively unknown here in Australia outside of the bar and restaurant trade. I believe that this is a sure sign though that these wines will start to appear on more shelves. Franciacorta DOCG wines are quite different to many other Italian regional appellation wines in that it revolves around French grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the main plus Pinot Blanc, rather than native Italian grape varieties. Many also have ripeness and richness that is not achieved by the North-East Italian regions.
Giulio and Lucia Barzanò (pictured) are the current faces of the historic family winery, Il Mosnel. The name of this wine, EBB, is an amalgam of their mother’s initials and was first released in 2003.
Franciacorta wines tend to be richer in weight and texture and this wine is no exception. 100% handpicked Chardonnay from 40+ year old vines has been fermented in small seasoned oak barrels for 5 months with some malolactic fermentation for extra dimension. Being a vintage wine, it has also had at least 36 months character building, resting on lees in the bottle.
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