2021 Crémant de Grace Sparkling Chenin


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Production 45 dozen / 540 bottles

Colour: White gold.

Bouquet: Beautifully fragrant green apple and melon, there is a pleasant yeast/fresh bread aroma with touches of lemon spritz. 

Tasting Notes: A fine and persistent bead with a pale lemon hue, the palate is dry and complex with touches of nougat, brioche and lemon meringue, balanced with a touch of citrus peel phenolic, well rounded and finishes with a beautiful lemon/lime acidity. Serve chilled as an aperitif to match with oysters, seafood and light cheeses.

Vinification: The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the early morning to retain the delicate flavour profile. Whole bunch pressed then fermented in barrels with a mix of indigenous and freeze dried yeast strains. Bi-weekly battonage on lees gives the wine depth and complexity. Bottled for second fermentation in June 2021 to ensure retention of the fresh fruit characteristics. Disgorged in December 2022, a small tirage of 3g/L was added to balance acidity. 

2021 Vintage Rating 9/10: After a very dry 2020 winter, bud burst was early for all varieties. Spring was wetter than average so protection from disease was critical with timely applications of organic sprays when the weather permitted all the way to December. Finally the sun came out at the right time to accelerate ripening of the lower than normal crop load. This was a blessing as harvest approached significant rain events occurred. Hard work in the vineyard opening the canopy for air flow and small crops got all varieties to optimum ripeness with pristine fruit. Marri Blossom was late and netting was required to stop bird damage. 

Cellaring: Drink now or age for 3-5 years.

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