About the Wine
First up is an Australian Prosecco from Alpine Valley's, VIC produced by Billy Button. The region has a rich history of Italian migration and winegrowing so growing the Prosecco grape (Now called Glera) makes perfect sense for the region. The high altitude keeps the acidity bright and the aromatics vibrant.
The Stoke Mufti Day Pet Nat is named after the New South Wales slang for a casual cloths day and is a funky fresh take on Shiraz from Kangaroo Island. Pétillant naturel is a method of sparkling production that requires the winemaker to perfectly time the bottling so that the batch has just the right amount of fizz. Think of it like punk rock band, compared to Champagne's classical orchestra.
The next four bottles are all Sparkling wines and have been selected because they offer a look at some great producers, styles and regions.
The Oakdene Kristen 2016 is a Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay) which sees 24 months of lees aging. The grapes originate from Bellarine Peninsula in Geelong, which receives constant winds and cool ocean currents that create the perfect conditions for sparkling production.
The Sittella Cuvee Blanc is a NV (A blend of multiple year) made from a blend of 63% Chardonnay and 37% Pinot Noir. Pemberton, WA might not be the first place you think of for sparkling wine but the cooling effect of Fremantle Doctor and dedicated winemakers produce fantastic results.
The Bellebonne is also from 2016 and is 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir from Tasmania. The winemaker Nat Fryer was the former winemaker for JANSZ. Tasmania has received world wide attention for the quality of it's sparkling wines and this a good example as to why.
The Loftia Deviation Road Brut 2018 is 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills made by Hamish and Kate Laurie. This wine shows the most lees influence of the selection with 36months of bottle aging.