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Chandon Blanc De Blancs 2013

Chandon Blanc De Blancs 2013

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In Champagne, Chardonnay represents the lesser variety by area, with the majority of Blanc de Blancs made from the famous Cote des Blancs appellation to the south of Epernay. Whilst there are finer points of variation across the Cote des Blancs, it shares a common Cretaceous chalk soil and faces towards the east. By contrast, this Chandon Blanc de Blancs comes from two particular locations in the premier sparkling regions of Victoria. Specifically, the Upper Yarra Valley and the Whitlands Plateau in the King Valley. Each region is at the coolest extreme for viticulture in Victoria, and each shares a similar deep volcanic clay loam soil of comparable geological history. This permits the growing of grapes with a truly Australian signature, making it possible to craft Blanc de Blancs wines with profoundly different flavours to those grown in Champagne, such as pear blossom, jasmine florals and baked granny smith apple which are unique in Australian Chardonnay.

Wine Profile
Pale straw in colour, with very persistent mousse. Biscuit, apples, ripe figs and nougat aromas, with hints of lemon curd and fresh baked shortbread. Soft and pillowy bubbles, quince, fresh toast, baked apple and toasted almond characters. Gentle acidity and supple palate, extremely drinkable.
Vineyards in the Whitlands Plateau bring powerful fruit elements to the wine, alongside fine natural acidity and palate length. Representing over three quarters of the blend, the Whitlands elevation at over 800m brings cool nights, allowing the slow development of Chardonnay flavours while retaining terrific natural acidity. Fruit from our Strathbogie Vineyard, the Upper Yarra Valley and a small inclusion from Tasmania, all add further complexity and finesse to the blend.
Yarra Valley vineyards were picked in late February and early March, before harvest began at Strathbogie and the more elevated Whitlands Plateau. Chardonnay grapes from each site were pressed and fermented separately to ensure the unique characteristics of each parcel of fruit were retained. Each individual cuvée was then selected for its diverse varietal flavours, balanced structure and palate length – all essential for the finesse and Chardonnay expression we expect in Chandon Vintage Blanc de Blancs. Following tirage and secondary fermentation, Chandon Vintage Blanc de Blancs 2013 spent over 38 months ageing on yeast, an essential part of the méthode traditionnelle process.
Food Pairing Notes
Sea urchin; Port Phillip Bay mussels with creamy tarragon sauce; Scallops with Thai basil
Other Notes
Good winter and early spring rains provided perfect conditions for strong shoot and leaf growth. As a result, fruit was protected from the summer heat. While late January through to March will be remembered as being warm, night-time temperatures were relatively cool, aiding acid retention and slow ripening.
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