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Chapel Down Kit’s Coty Blanc de Blancs 2013

Chapel-down-KitscotywmKit’s Coty Blanc de blancs was added to the Chapel Down range in 2017. This bright English sparkling is made from the Chardonnay planted on the chalky soiled vineyard of that name near Aylesford on the North Downs of Kent, UK.  To add some flesh to the finely textured fizz, 20% of the blend has been barrel matured before bottling and resting on lees for a further three years. With a dosage of nine grams per litre, it shows superb balanc

The barrel treatment and time on lees has given the fruit a fine polish and some toasted almond and vanilla joins the Read More

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

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Nyetimber is one of England’s best Sparkling wines and has rightfully earned its acclaim by winning awards ahead of Champagne’s finest. The similarities are more than just the trio of grape varieties or the production methods that are used to produce the wine. The seam of chalk that runs through the Champagne vineyards, also run through some of the Southern England vineyards.

Power and elegance define this wine made from a blend of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. While there is some berry depth to the fruit, the lemon and apple are fresh and crisp and sit in a creamy cinnamon pasty and brioche shell. A long, fine finish of biscuit and citrus is refreshing evening out the fruit. In exceptional years, Read More

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When ice wine gets a sparkly make over…… Inniskillin Sparkling Ice Wine Vidal 2014

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Inniskillin has become synonymous with Canadian Ice Wine and a common find on the shelves of travel retailers around the world. A sweet and sticky dessert wine, ice wine is a little different to Australia’s most common dessert wine style Read More

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Champagne? Yes, please! It’s International Champagne DAY ….

Bored with the usual mainstream brands of Champagne?

champagne-sea-wmNow that is a phrase that I cannot ever, in any future breath, conceivably imagine myself ever saying. I can never imagine a time when I will have had too much Champagne of any kind…. That said, I can assure you that now, more than anytime in recent decades, there is plenty of choice when looking for your next bottle of Champagne.

The Champagne region has always worked very hard to be synonymous with celebrations, so much that the popping of a cork generally brings smiles all round. With more Champagne vineyards being planted to be able to keep up supply, there has been an increase in these grape growers producing their own Champagnes instead of just selling their grapes to the large Champagne houses.

You can identify a ‘grower’ Champagne by the code Read More

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Prosecco – Italian for refreshment in a glass

fizzThere is very little that Australian wine growers & winemakers will not try their hand at. Partly, this is due to the ‘patchwork quilt’ flow of settlers, each bringing knowledge of their own traditional grapes with them if not the vines themselves. More recently, it has been increasingly driven by the Australian love of exploration as much as any other reason.

Prosecco is but one of these newer arrivals that have found a home in Australia. It was adopted by the vignerons Read More

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