Delamere Vintage Cuvee 2016
New Vintage.. Vintage Tassie sparkling. 6 PACK BUY.
Delamere Vineyards is one of Tasmania’s longest running family owned and operated wine estates, focused on producing distinguished sparkling (Methode Traditionelle) and still wines from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties. Nestled amongst the cool maritime slopes of Pipers River, in north eastern Tasmania, the vineyard was first established in 1982 placing it amongst the oldest vineyards in the region. With 6.5ha of grapes now established on the property, the age of the vineyard makes it a rare resource in Tasmania, and valuable due to the significant increase in wine quality associated with mature vines. The winery is owned and run by husband and wife vigneron’s Shane Holloway and Fran Austin (formerly of Bay of Fires). Winemaker Fran Austin worked alongside Ed Carr (aka the Wizard of Fizz) during the creation and evolution of Arras super premium Australian sparkling and then as head winemaker at Bay of Fires in Tassie. To say Fran & Shane are passionate about Sparkling is an understatement it is their life!
From the winery: “Our passion for the region of Tasmania, at similar latitude to the Champagne and Burgundy regions in France, arises from a desire to seek out a genuine cold climate that can produce wines of classic structure, combining fruit intensity with refinement, complexity with persistence of flavour, and the ultimate expression and grape and region. The region of Pipers Brook in the north east of Tasmania enjoys a significant climatic advantage that is unique in Australia, that of a very low variability of maximum temperature. This stability is born from a unique set of geographical features, the hot northerly winds are cooled by the waters of Bass Strait, while the cool southerlies gain heat as they cross the island. This, combined with cool, relative temperatures and significant sunshine hours make for ideal conditions to retain delicate aromas. The frosty and sometimes wild conditions of winter give way to clear, crisp, blue sky days through the growing season, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly, assuring a lingering acidity essential to producing premium cool climate varietals.”
Delamere Vintage Cuvee is made in the Traditional Method, 100 percent estate grown and produced. This single-vineyard wine is grown, vinified, bottled and hand-disgorged on site. A testament to the world-class quality of the Pipers River region for sparkling wine production. The wine is the result of carefully hand-harvested fruit from the mature chardonnay and pinot noir vines of Delamere Vineyard, reflecting the site’s distinctive soil and location. The careful blending of these two classic sparkling wine varieties produces a wine with great length (from the chardonnay) and a full mid palate (from the pinot).
Notes from the winemaker: The 2016 vintage was characterized by very dry conditions and generally warm temperatures. Budburst commenced early in 2016 with strong canopy growth evident by January. The result wines have ripe flavours, which developed at moderate potential alcohol. Natural acidity for these wines lean towards the softer end, providing lovely texture, whilst retaining the elegance and finesse that defines Delamere.
Gentle whole bunch pressing of the fruit and blended whilst still juice, the 2016 Cuvée is an elegant wine representing some excellent characteristics of the vintage. The assemblage consists of 64% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir. This year allowed us to use a large proportion of solids during fermentation to give extra depth and complexity. Four years of tirage age, in tandem with 3g/l dosage, this wine shows a luscious palate with evocative length.
White flowers, lemon blossom and lovely biscuity autolysis presage this wine’s opulence. Structural and balanced with fine tannins, the slightly higher dosage of 3g/l vibrantly delivers a palate of sherbet, lemon curd and refined minerality. A wine that will develop brilliantly under cork.
Toni Patterson, The Real Review … “a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, and a stunning wine with excellent palate progression and a youthful demeanour despite its age. The dosage is delightfully low at 4g/L allowing the savoury flavours to be fully expressed. The 2015 vintage was highly regarded with balanced, modest crops, and the wine has great finesse and palate brightness.”
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Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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