Chandon Cuvée 205, Upper Yarra Valley 2015
A step sideways for sparkling wine style, this single-vineyard wine was fermented and aged in 205 litre French oak barrels. These size of barrels are specific to the French region of Champagne and are still used by some Maisons today, although the advent of stainless steel has been something of a revolution in wine storage since the 1960s. The “regular” French small barrels are typically 228 litres (in Burgundy) and 225 litres in Bordeaux. The 205-litre size is specific to Champagne because the traditional Champagne press was scaled to hold 4,000 kg of grapes, which would yield 2050 litres of cuvée juice, exactly ten of these barrels.