Great wines reflect their place of origin, and speak of the grape variety from which they are made. To achieve this goal Coates Wines has a no compromise approach to craft wines that blend the best in Australian and European winemaking styles, to bridge the gap between the fruit-driven Australian style and the savoury, complex wines of Old World Europe. The vineyards used to make the wines that bear the Coates label express purity of flavour that allow regional and varietal characters to be clearly articulated.
Wild-yeast fermentation in older French oak. Minimal SO2. A further 17 months in oak on full yeast and malolactic lees, followed by 38 months in bottle. Zero dosage. No additions of any kind: acid, enzymatic or otherwise. A pleasure bomb that shifts the paradigm, for the better. Made akin to a great grower champagne. The soft, natural acidity, mitigated with the crescendo of oak and lees. Palate-staining, every crevice of the mouth filled with leesy nourishment. The underlying current is forceful, creamy and endless. A tour de force of Australian fizz. Drink to: 2031; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
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