'indie' Vintage Brut Cuvee

'indie' Vintage Brut Cuvee

2011 Sparkling White Wine
Hunter Valley, NSW

Made from Chardonnay using the traditional method with lees maturation for 8 years.

$40 each

Wine Details

Region

Hunter Valley

Vintage

2011

Type

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Variety

Sparkling White Wine

Volume

750mL

Alcohol Volume

11%

Background

Meerea Park turned 20 in 2011. We made the BLACK Shiraz as a mark of that and also popped the Brute Cuvee away for future release. We have included this under the indie label, as lets face it, Sparkling Wine from the Hunter Valley is far from mainstream!!

Vineyard Notes

Chardonnay, from vines planted in 1973 was harvested at 10 baume from the 'Lochleven' Estate in Pokolbin.

Winemaking

2011 ended up a great Hunter Valley vintage after a very wet end to 2010. Semillon and Chardonnay fared very well in the cooler conditions which helped them retain great levels of natural acid. Rhys made the base wine, with Peterson House completing the process using the Traditional bottle fermented method.

Tasting Notes

A mid-straw colour with a very tiny bead. Melon, cashew and biscuit aromas are pronounced on the nose. Yeast autolysis gives it a lovely flavoursome palate that is kept fresh by balanced acidity. Excellent length of flavour.

Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential

Drinking very well now, however will continue to evolve and gain complexity in the medium term.

Food Matches

As an aperitif or with fresh oysters and seafood.

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