Very pale pink. Creamy, petal like aromas that are perfumed and complex. A soft, light wine with perfectly ripe flavours of raspberries, cherries and strawberries mingled with a splash of pink. Being a non-vintage wine, vintage conditions vary from season to season. This is a blend of several vintages from selected vineyards. The base wines are blended to a style – creamy, complex, fine, interesting.
Chardonnay for the creaminess, Pinot Meunier for spice and perfume, Pinot Noir for complexity and grace. Fruit is gently pressed to avoid any nasty, bitter flavours. The pressed juice is fermented in both tank and cask at elevated temperatures to ‘blow off’ the fruitiness. The base wines are blended each year and then over blended with previous vintage material to produce the desired flavour profile. The resultant cuvées undergo secondary fermentation to give them their fizz. The finished wine is light and mineral with texture and feel, dry and very delicious.
A sophisticated sister to De Bortoli's newish Rococo Blanc de Blancs sparkling. It's a dominant blend of chardonnay, pinot noir (14 per cent) and pinot meunier (8 per cent), creamy and complex with fragrant rose petal notes on the nose, sweetish red berry fruit flavours, a fine persistent bead and a crisp, dry finish. Drink as an aperitif. Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, January 2010
A sparkling blend of chardonnay, pinot meunier and pinot noir. The colour is a pale, just off-white, candy pink. Lively fragrant nose of rose water and strawberries. Shows a dry, clean palate of new season summer berries with a tang of lemon zest at the finish. Ideal summer luncheon fizz. Martin Field, The wine Blog
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