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2013 'Hurtle' Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

VINTAGE

2013 

REGION

Adelaide Hills                           

GRAPE VARIETIES

Pinot Noir 75% and Chardonnay 25

VINEYARD

This vineyard lies in the heart of the Adelaide Hills on Wenzel Rd south-east of Oakbank. David and Sue Cherry (nee O’Leary) planted this site in 1990.  The Adelaide Hills is arguably one of the best regions in Australia for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The soil profile is brown loam with limestone and slate schist, contributing to good drainage and moderate vigour. The elevation of this cool climate region consistently offers a natural balanced acidity to this single vineyard wine.

VINIFICATION

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is handpicked and whole bunches are gently pressed. A cool controlled ferment over 10 days with 100% malolactic fermentation. Some oak influence results in a textured and complex base. The wine is triaged for a minimum of 2 years and disgorged annually. The time on lees gives delightful autolysis and maturation notes, hallmarks of fine sparkling.

TECHNICAL DETAILS 

pH 3.05             TA  7.7              ALC  12.0%

WINEMAKERS

Nick Walker, David O'Leary

COLOUR

Pale straw with a slight pink tinge.

BOUQUET

Complex and toasty. Strawberry shortbread. Yeast complexity and a beautiful fine bead.

PALATE

Finesse, balanced acidity with a nougat creamy palate and delicate finish.

FOOD MATCH

A great aperitif style. Perfect accompaniment to Salmon Row Hor d'oeuvres.

CELLARING POTENTIAL 

As this is aged on triaged lees it is ready for consumption immediately post disgorgement.

WINEMAKERS NOTES

Hurtle Walker first picked grapes at Magill as a 10 year old in 1900. Trained by Monsieur Duray and the great Leon Mazure, by 21 years of age, he was in charge of sparkling wine making for Auldana. After service in the Great War, Hurtle became the sparkling winemaker at neighbouring Romalo Cellars, where he stayed involved until his death in 1975. His son, Norm was winemaker there from 1951 to 1985, making premium sparkling wines for Wynns and 57 other companies. To keep us fizzing, Nick Walker, Norm’s son, made this luxurious blend in honour of not only his Grandfather but his families passion for sparkling wines.


 

 

$30.00
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