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 closure, 13.5% abv. Widely available, about £21 from Weavers Wines.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – deep intensity ruby, showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas of blackcurrant and menthol, then preserved black cherry, with spicy and herbal notes – in retrospect there is a distinct porty note like black fruit compote.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, with low level smooth tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of black cherry and blackberry, menthol, with medicinal and herby notes. A frothy yet creamy mousse, with a medium persistence, and a sight bitterness on the medium (+) length.
Quality – not a style of wine that I am familiar with, nevertheless it is balanced in regard to acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the intensity; there is a moderate level of complexity on the nose, less so on the palate, quite concentrated – so I would class it as being of good quality.