Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a five generation winemaking tradition. Devoted to the high altitude sites of the Adelaide Hills and with Kate’s French oenology training the wines they produce are at once traditional and contemporary. With a fiery passion to create premium bottle fermented and aged sparkling together with aromatic whites that can genuinely cellar, their signature style is focussed, textural, restrained and balanced. At Deviation Road every sip reveals a little of this mystery; a taste of the terroir, a glimpse at the season, a hint of the science and a wink to the heritage that crafts its existence.
Hewn of a base of '16: 55% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir, in addition to older reserves (15%), this is a gorgeous salmon hue flecked with amber. Gentle scents of crushed strawberry, loganberry and a thread of herb are woven by a needle of vibrant acidity and mineral crunch. Subtle, refined stuff. Just enough toast. Dosage nestled in. This attests to Deviation Road being among Australia's very top sparkling wine producers. Rating: 95 Points & Top 100 Wines; James Halliday
This is one of Australia's best Non Vintage rosé sparkling wines, really impressive. Pale salmon and packed with bright pink fruits, this has a handy mix of primary and more savory complex characters. Strawberries, spicy red cherries and gently earthy mushroom aromas lead to a palate that has attractive pastry-like flavors and, pink grapefruit and pink berry fruits, chalky, tingly and fresh. Great balance and plenty of flavor, dosage is perfectly judged, drink now. Rating: 93 Points; James Suckling
Gorgeous red cherry and strawberry fruit with pink pepper accents is framed in a lively salmon-pink guise with pinot noir playing a more prominent role than its 20% representation might suggest. The elegance of cool, high Adelaide Hills chardonnay predominantly from the '13 season takes the lead, with almost 3 years of lees age building seamless texture without diminishing youthful fruit expression. Excellent acid line is elegantly tweaked by a low dosage of 8.5g/l. Rating: 94 Points & Sparkling Rose of the Year; Tyson Stelzer
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