2011 Nadeson Collis Millesime
This has a splash of the Lethbridge sparkling solera (dates back to 2003 but mostly from 2006 and onwards) but is predominately 2011 (as in, legally so) and chardonnay only from the dominant 2011 component. New sparklings on the market from Lethbridge are pretty darn interesting and good. It spends eight years on lees.
Strong sea spray, wet fern, lemon-lime and blossom scents with whiffs of grilled nuts in the mix. Brisk across the palate with a lean, racy pulse of salty acidity, crunchy green apple and lime juice. Some richness in oily notes, slightly distracting buttery-soapy, really long and fine finish compensating with a starburst of pulpy grapefruit finishing things. Refreshing, energetic, bright and intense. Works in two speeds, stays interesting in whatever gear you find it in. Drink 2020 - 2030.
Mike Bennie – The Wine Front (February 2020)