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Chandon Vintage Brut 2014

Chandon Vintage Brut 2014

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Each year, we represent three elements in this wine which lie at the centre of winemaking at Chandon – the beautiful vineyard resources we have in Australia, the diverse personality of each unique season, and the complexity drawn from méthode traditionnelle. When we consider the quality of Australian agricultural products alongside the clean environment, it’s hardly surprising to suggest that Australia’s viticulture is among the best in the world. Layer this with our Champagne heritage and knowledge, and it becomes possible to produce a vintage release which shows the personality of each season, all within the Chandon maison style.

Wine Profile
On opening the wine presents with a pale straw colour, very fine bead and persistent mousse. Aromas of strawberry, nashi pear and sourdough feature alongside a savoury pie-crust note. Red apple, cherry, baked quince and red fruit flavours abound with soft, lingering acidity. The palate shows fine bubbles and creamy texture, with Pinot Noir elements in full display.
Vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Whitlands Plateau and Strathbogie Ranges bring diverse flavour elements to the wine, alongside fine natural acidity and palate length. At a range of altitudes from 250m to 820m elevation respectively, the location of these vineyards brings cool nights, allowing the slow development of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay flavours while retaining terrific natural acidity.
Harvest began in mid-March at Strathbogie and a little later in the more elevated Whitlands Plateau. The Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier 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 Chandon Vintage Brut style. Following tirage and secondary fermentation, Chandon Vintage Brut 2014 spent over 36 months ageing on yeast, an essential part of the méthode traditionnelle process.
Food Pairing Notes
Cheese and corn empanadas; Kingfish sashimi; Chicken and porcini risotto
Other Notes
A season full of promise with good soil moisture and excellent bud burst soon turned challenging with the untimely arrival of cold, wet and windy conditions in September during flowering. This resulted in fewer bunches setting and a reduced crop for many growers. Good weather favoured the remaining crop from October to December. January arrived with warm summer conditions and a few hot days to challenge the grapes but overall good soil moisture and a strong, vibrant canopy permitted steady ripening under fantastic conditions. What had been a challenging season for quantity turned to great optimism for exceptional quality. Cool nights and bright sunny days allowed for the development of flavour and maturity. Beautiful fruit with intensity, freshness and abundant natural acidity was the result.
Wine Specs
Residual Sugar
5.0 g/L
Alcohol %

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