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White of whites
Yarra Valley winery Yarra Burn
has launched its first all-
Chardonnay sparkling, the 2004
Yarra Burn Blanc de Blancs.
The French term 'Blanc de
Blancs' literally translates as
'White of whites', describing
a sparkling wine made
entirely from Chardonnay,
without the more common
inclusion of Pinot Noir and
Yarra Burn pioneered
sparkling winemaking in
the Yarra Valley more
than 30 years ago, and
has since forged a
reputation for both outstanding sparkling
and still wines.
"Fruit for the 2004 Yarra Burn Blanc de
Blancs was sourced from our highest
quality vineyards on the cool slopes of the
Upper Yarra Valley, an area long
respected for its outstanding quality
Chardonnay," current Yarra Burn
winemaker Mark O'Callaghan said.
"The 2004 vintage in the Yarra Valley
produced particularly good Chardonnay,
with intense citrus flavours, an elegant
palate structure and great natural acidity,
the perfect ingredients for a high quality
sparkling wine. With the 2004 vintage, we
finally had the long awaited opportunity to
produce a Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine
with the understated refinement along with
strength and depth of character for which
this style is renowned."
The Yarra Burn Blanc de Blancs is now
available at RRP $45.
Adelaide Hills winery Deviation Road has
taken a long-awaited detour into the world
of sparkling wine. The newly-released
Deviation Road 2008 Méthode Champenoise
is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
grapes selected from cool, south-facing
slopes high in the Adelaide Hills. Each
bottle is handcrafted, with triage, riddling
and disgorging all carried out on-site at
the Longwood winery. The wine is aged on
lees in bottle for 12 months, adding hints of
toasted nuts to the sweet strawberry and
crisp green apple fruit aromas.
Deviation Road is a small winery owned
and operated by Hamish and Kate Laurie
in the Adelaide Hills. The winery was
created by Hamish in 1999 using the fruit
from his family's 30 year-old vineyard
located in Lenswood, and Kate joined him
in 2000. Kate obtained her winemaking
degree from the Lycee Viticole d'Avize, in
Champagne, France, in 1997. The next 4
vintages saw her specialising in premium
sparkling wines at Stone Bridge in another
cool climate, Manjimup, WA.
Simon Burnell has joined Willow Bridge
Estate as senior winemaker. Following
seven years as winemaker at Cape
Mentelle in Margaret River, he will take up
the post in early November in the lead up
to the 2010 vintage.
Willow Bridge Estate owner Jeff Dewar
said appointing a winemaker of Simon's
high calibre was significant for the winery.
"We know Simon will be an asset to our
team," Jeff said. "He brings with him a
great deal of local experience and
expertise, and we are excited about future
plans he has for the winery."
For Simon, the new role is an opportunity
to work with the most highly acclaimed
winery in Western Australia's Ferguson
Valley. "Willow Bridge Estate has made a
strong name for itself over the past
decade. It is a five star Halliday winery,
which is a big achievement," Simon said.
"Willow Bridge is a pioneering winery in
the Ferguson Valley and the quality of the
wines they are already producing is
extremely high. What I want to do now is
build on the great work that they already
do so that Willow Bridge really gets the
recognition it deserves."
Light and bright Omni
Omni has announced three new additions
to its sparkling line up: Omni Light, Omni
Light Pink and Omni Cranberry.
In response to increasing consumer
demand for lighter wines, the Omni Lights
contain 25% less calories and 30% less
alcohol than their classic Omni
counterparts, making them a great option
for health-conscious consumers over the
coming summer months.
However, Omni is quick to point out that
light in calories and alcohol doesn't equal
light in flavour. Omni Light has lifted citrus
aromas with lemon and lime on the palate,
while Omni Light Pink has red berry aromas
and fresh flavours of strawberries and cream.
Omni Cranberry is the latest seasonal
flavour from Omni, a limited release
sparkling wine available only until it is sold
out. A lively and effervescent Sparkling
Rosé made from Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir, the fruit is harvested at peak
freshness to give bright and vibrant
characters, with a touch of cranberry.
In other Omni news, Omni Classic NV
was recently awarded a Gold Medal at
the 2009 Rutherglen Wine Show. Omni
Classic NV is bottle fermented and aged
on lees for 12 months, resulting in a wine of
elegance and depth of character---perfect
for any occasion. The Omni sparkling wines
are all available nationally for RRP $12.50.
Western Australian winery Capel Vale has
launched a new Sparkling wine to join its
popular Debut series. The NV Debut
Sparkling Brut is made from selected
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir base wines
from various vintages, and undergoes
secondary fermentation on lees to add
complexity. Debut Sparkling has delicate
tropical stone fruit and berry aromas and a
biscuity, toasty palate with a fine mousse.
Grapes from the Debut series are
sourced from Capel Vale's own vineyards
in the four regions of Geographe,
Margaret River, Pemberton and Great
Southern. Priced in the growing $15-20
price segment, Capel Vale's NV Debut
Sparkling is best enjoyed within 18 months
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