2015 Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvée
- Cellar Door
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Victorian Wine Show
- Silver Medal
- China Wine & Spirit Awards Best Value
CELLAR DOOR: $32.00
WINE CLUB: $25.60
Brilliant green with a pink hue & a very fine bead of persistent gentle bubbles.
The aroma is delicate & complex with almond, nougat & characteristics of freshly baked apple pie.
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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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.
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.