Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sparkling wine – South America

South America As a sweeping statement – most home produced sparkling wine is consumed domestically, mostly with a fruit forward style, using the charmat method. Crucial acidity is maintained by virtue of altitude, latitude, or climate moderation through proximity to … Continue reading

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Gloria Ferrer Etesian 2005

Gloria Ferrer (owned by Freixenet) Etesian, Carneros, Blanc de Blancs – Brut, 2005 Varietal chardonnay, traditional method with 18 months lees ageing; mushroom cork closure, 12.5% abc. M&S £18. WSET style tasting note Appearance – pale intensity gold, showing medium-sized … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – mainland Australia

What Australia would not be the first place to think of to make world-class cool climate champagne style wines.  But, providing cool sites can be found, by virtue of altitude, latitude, or both, then fundamentally this is possible.  Other factors … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut, New Zealand This is a tank method wine, with a period of post 2nd fermentation in-tank lees contact; chardonnay; mushroom cork closure, 12% abv.  Widely available, about £13. WSET style tasting note Appearance – pale … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Tasmania

What A cool climate Australian sparkling wine producing state, at latitude 42° – the same as Barcelona, in Spain. Modern viticulture started in the late 1980s, since when it has become both a valued source of high quality base wine … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – New Zealand

What The latitudinal extent of New Zealand (NZ), at about 13.5 degrees, or about 800 miles or 1300 km, from the sub-tropical north to cool climate south, means that there are few wine styles that cannot be attempted; fine terroirs … Continue reading

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Mitchell Clare Valley Sparkling Shiraz

Mitchell Clare Valley Sparkling Peppertree Shiraz, NV This is a bottled fermented shiraz, with 12 months lees ageing.  It is a blend of up to 20 vintages, and when disgorged is topped up with shiraz 1982 vintage ‘port’; mushroom cork … Continue reading

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