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Blanc de Blancs 2017

Blanc de Blancs 2017

Blanc de Blancs 2017

750 mL
$45.00
6 x 750 mL
$270.00

Overview

Overview

Coldstream Hills has been making sparkling wine, albeit in small quantities, since 1995. The first release of the wine was a Blanc de Noir, but in more recent times, it has been a more traditional blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Outstanding Chardonnay vintages have warranted making small quantities of Chardonnay dominant Blanc de Blancs for release. Sourced from the cool south-facing slope of the Deer Farm Vineyard at Gladysdale, the fruit was hand-picked and gently pressed prior to fermentation. Following secondary fermentation, the wine spent approximatively five years on yeast lees prior to disgorging and release.

Varietal Blanc De Blancs
Vintage 2017
Country Australia
Volume 750 mL
Closure Cork
Alc/Vol 12.5%

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

Gold 2022 Yarra Valley Wine Show
Silver 2022 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Trophy Best Sparkling Wine 2023 Yarra Valley Wine Show
96 Points Philip Rich, Wine Companion
93 Points Huon Hooke, The Real Review 2023

Philip Rich | Wine Companion

"100% chardonnay from the Deer Farm vineyard in Gladysdale. Five years en tirage and 4g/L dosage. Coldstream Hills sparkling wines tend to go under the radar, but they are consistently very good and well priced. This is a lovely wine just at the beginning of its evolution in bottle. Discreet with marine scents that sit alongside aromas of lemons, baking spices and ginger, there's a lot going on here. The palate is dry, chalky, structured and impressively long. Really good now, this will look even better 12–24 months from now."

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Vibrant, very youthful, and pure with lemon/citrus blossom fruit characters enhanced with secondary autolysis notes of toast and biscuit, mineral flint, and a hint of creaminess.

Flavours and Palate

Very fine and restrained with beautifully balanced acidity and length of flavour. Lemon curd/pastry notes are underpinned by subtle yeast autolysis notes, fresh toast, mineral flint, and dosage sweetness.

An outstanding year for Upper Yarra Sparkling.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Yarra Valley, Victoria

Cooler than Bordeaux yet warmer than Burgundy, picturesque Yarra Valley is one of Australia's foremost cool-climate wine regions. An easy one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, the area is home to more than 80 cellar doors. In addition to the huge range of wineries, the area boasts superb contemporary restaurants, authentic rustic farms - and luxury overnight accommodation if the sightseeing gets too much! The fertile Yarra Valley soils produce famously elegant and textured Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

The 2017 vintage was a return to a cooler weather pattern with cool spring months and a mild to warm Summer. Rainfall and yields were close to average, allowing grape flavour and sugar to ripen in a steady manner. Acid retention was excellent in the fruit giving rise to wines of freshness, vibrancy, and great balance.

Andrew Fleming - Chief Winemaker

Growing up in wine country Mildura, at just 13 years of age, Andrew attempted to make his own wine; the end result was undrinkable, his father’s shed a shambles, but the winemaking seed was sown. 
After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne, Andrew spent two years at Mildara in Coonawarra before heading to Bordeaux where he furthered his winemaking qualifications with a Diplome National d’Oenologue from the University of Bordeaux. Since then he’s completed vintages at the iconic Chateau Haut Brion in Bordeaux, several vintages in Languedoc, in addition to completing a vintage at Matanzas Creek winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. For six years Andrew was a Winemaker at Lindeman’s Karadoc winery and in 1996, became the Winery Manager of Seppelt in Great Western; providing the perfect segue for his current role as Chief Winemaker Coldstream Hills which he has held since 2001.