Yarrabank Cuvée Traditional Method Sparkling 2009

Yarrabank is the label of an Australian joint venture between Yering Station of the Yarra Valley and the ambitious Champagne co-operative house of the Union Auboise, which owns the Champagne label Veuve Devaux.  The result in the glass is impressive.

The 2009 vintage is a blend of 48% chardonnay and 52% pinot noir, with grapes sourced from the upper Yarra Valley and vinified using the traditional method.  In the glass, the wine is bright, with a pale intensity and long persistence of bubbles of a medium size.  Aromatically, this sparkling wine is clean, with a medium intensity expression of lemon, a little earth and a little brioche.  The palate is dry, has between medium and high acid and flavours of lemon, honey, some biscuit and a creamy mousse.

Overall, this is quite an impressive Yarrabank sparkling wine release due to its balance of fruit and acid, and delicate profile.  A real success.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 13%
Price: $38
Source: sample
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Website: http://www.yering.com
Tasted: 2013
Yarra Valley
May 28, 2013

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