An exploration of wine

364. Clover Hill, Pipers River Tasmania Australian Brut Sparkling Wine, 2001

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Book 2 Wine 364

£14.82 (after discount); 13%

Great opening to dinner with Jack, Rob and Kari. A classic Champagne blend of both Pinots and Chardonnay, that had elegance and refinement. Could easily be mistaken for a Champagne. In fact, as the New World challenger to the Moutard 6 Cépages, I suspect people would call them the other way round, blind. Mid-depth lemon yellow, with a fine, persistent bead. Creamy, lemony fruit, with some gooseberry fool and some fresh dough notes. Lemon biscuit palate. Elegant, crisp acidity and gentle spritz. The only thing that might give this away as “not Champagne” is that there was sugar-sweetness at the finish that was distinctive – as opposed to a fruity softness on the 6 Cépages. Very nice.

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