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2015 Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvée

Cellar Door
$34.00
Club
$25.50
Varieties
Chardonnay
Vintage
2015
Country
Australia
Region
Pyrenees
Alcohol
12.7%
Bottle size
750 mL

Awards

Title
Trophy
Year
2018
Event
Victorian Wine Show
Title
Silver Medal
Year
2019
Event
China Wine & Spirit Awards Best Value
Description

RRP: $38.00
CELLAR DOOR: $34.00
WINE CLUB: $25.50

Eyes

Brilliant green with a pink hue & a very fine bead of persistent gentle bubbles.

Nose

The aroma is delicate & complex with almond, nougat & characteristics of freshly baked apple pie.

Mouth

Apple Danish with lemon flavours prevail on the front palate, followed by a subtle creamy mid palate, then the fine minerally acid backbone cleanses the soft dry finish.

Winemaking Notes

The production of “Methode Traditionnelle” (fermented in this bottle) sparkling wines has been an integral part of the winemaking at Blue Pyrenees Estate for many years. Although handpicked fruit is desirable for the production of premium sparkling juices, daytime temperatures in most Australian wine regions mean that hand-picked fruit is often too warm when received into the press. So in 1992 the team at Blue Pyrenees decided to experiment with hand picking at night, under lights, to optimize both fruit condition & temperature. The results were an amazing improvement — crisper cuvee (free drained) juices of outstanding quality, with higher natural acidity. The Midnight Cuvee was born! In another first for Blue Pyrenees, during harvest 2014, handpicked Chardonnay & Pinot Noir grapes from Macedon Ridge vineyard, were whole bunch pressed, then included with the best Chardonnay parcels from the Blue Pyrenees Estate vineyard, to again lift the natural acidity & freshness of the blend.

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Reviews

James Halliday
Wine Companion - Professional

Traditional method. 96% chardonnay, 4% pinot noir, 78% estate-grown, 22% from the upper slopes of Macedon. Trophy Victorian Wine Show ’18. This had 3 years on yeast lees, and there’s plenty to come with years on the cork.

95

Joh Lewis

The base wine of this classy Blue Pyrenees flagship bubbly has an infusion of cooler-climate, higher natural acid material from the 700-metres-above-sea-levelMacedon area. Chief winemaker Andrew Koerner did this because vintages have been warmer at the Avoca home vineyards. The result is a 78 per cent Blue Pyrenees – 22 per cent Macedon base blend of 96 per cent chardonnay and 6 per cent pinot noir. It has fine, lingering bubbles, green-tinted straw hues and pear and cashew scents. Elegant white nectarine flavour shows on the front palate, Granny Smith apple, mineral and yeast characters chime in on the middle palate and the finish has slatey acid. Perfect with hors d’oeuvres.

5

John Rozentals

Wine of the Week — it’s easy to see why this premium bubbly picked up the trophy for best sparkling wine at last year’s Victorian wine show. It’s pure class and distinguished by a rare combination of fresh crunchiness and complex creaminess. Drink it on its own as an aperitif or match it with something such as the very best sushi.

Huon Hooke

Light to mid-yellow colour, with some fluffy yeast aromas overlying lemon meringue nuances, the palate soft and creamy-textured, with a little well-managed liqueur and delicate but intense flavour. Lots of lemon and other citrus flavours. Delicious and refreshing. It’s a classic blanc de blancs style, the finish very refeshing, crisp and near-dry.

92

Winsor Dobbin

There is terrific value to be found in this crisp and lively blanc de blancs style from Blue Pyrenees. Chardonnay fruit from the Pyrenees and Macedon Ranges in Victoria has produced a bubbly full of the joys of life with an impressive mousse, zingy palate and plenty of length. Grapes for this wine are picked at night to ensure maximum freshness. This is very stylish and refreshing with Granny Smith apple and kaffir lime juice notes.

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