The esteemed Tasmanian sparkling house, Clover Hill (also part of the Taltarni stable). Méthode Traditionelle. 5 years on lees and disgorged in July 2020.
Clover Hill, Cuvée Exceptionelle, Blanc de Blancs, Chardonnay, Tasmania, 2014
Medium straw gold colour with fast beading. Developing rich aromas of lemon cheesecake, white toast crust and sweeter brioche, deeper elements of salty bacon fat and warm butter, spiced apple and a touch of marzipan. The richness on the nose seems a façade as the palate delivers classy straight lines with a blown wish from a dandelion’s flower of mousse dissipation. Tightly packed in with intense citrus and a just-chalky finish that lasts long. Rightfully at the pointy end of Tasmanian sparklings.
Rating: 19/20 (95/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Clover Hill