Moet and Chandon established Chandon Australia in 1985 with the purchase of land in the Yarra Valley and the creation of a sparkling winemaking facility. Their sparkling wines have been consistently excellent, which has in part been due to their ability to source a wide variety of grapes from cool climate growing regions from around Australia.
Grapes for this sparkling are sourced from a range of premium cool climate vineyards in the South Eastern Australia, including the Yarra Valley, Strathbogie, the King and Buffalo Valleys in Victoria, and Coonawarra in South Australia. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the wine pours with a good white creamy mousse that’s relatively short lived. Pale straw coloured base wine with very fine bead showing excellent persistence. The nose displays aromas of brioche, yeast lees and biscuit with a lemon sherbet like end note. Clean delicate palate flavours of biscuit, yeast lees and lemon with a light toast overlay. Crisp clean finish. Aftertaste of biscuit and lees with some light toast also emerging.
Drink over the next 2-3 years (2010-2013)
Tasting Note: A fuller style N/V Sparkling. Bright straw colour with pale straw hue. Short lived mousse. The bead is quite fine but not profuse. The base wine displays bottle age and multi-cuvee blending. Yeast lees top note, followed by cashew and a hint of hazelnut. Full bodied palate. Creamy texture. Clean finish.
Cellar 2-3 years (2008-2009)
First Tasted: 9/11/2000. This wine displays a wonderful spectrum of apricot pink hues. Excellent mousse, followed by very fine persistent bead. The nose displays complexity with notes of winter strawberries layered over yeast lees. Creamy texture, with again subtle flavours of strawberries and yeast lees. Clean finish, followed by a very long aftertaste of lees, biscuit and strawberries.