'Anniversary' Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine 2018

Made in the traditional method from hand picked, estate grown Chardonnay. Three years on the yeast lees prior to release has produced an exceptional sparkling wine displaying nashi pear and stone fruit, finishing long with a crisp and clean, lemon zest palate. Very fine bead and persistent mousse add to a delicious sparkling wine with remarkable finesse. 

Winemaker's Notes 

3.094 tonnes of Chardonnay grapes for this wine were picked at a Bourne of 11.2° on Woody Nook's new block on February 2, 2018. The base wine was made in the normal way with yeast being added to the Chardonnay juice and fermentation occurring. Usual stability and palate balancing processes were employed and the wine was then bottled in sparkling wine bottles designed to withstand high pressure. After the second addition of yeast or tirage process, the bottles were capped with a crown seal and stored at less than 20°C for two and a half years. During this time the second fermentation took place, releasing fine bubbles of carbon dioxide which dissolved into the wine. After bottle maturation, the wine was placed in specially designed wooden racks which were rotated hourly for about two weeks. In this time the yeast lees progressively accumulated in the neck of the bottle, clarifying the wine. After this riddling process, the neck of the bottles were frozen by carefully inserting them upside down into super chilled brine. A machine then removes the crown seals and the plugs of yeast were ejected by the pressure. The bottles were then topped with more sparkling wine together with what is known as the Expedition Liqueur, a combination of sugar and a very small amount of citric acid. The bottles were quickly sealed with a sparkling wine cork, secured with a muselet or wire cage and then labelled. 

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