Clover Hill Classic Vintage Cuvée 2012
Clover Hill Vineyard is in Tasmania’s Pipers River, an area becoming acknowledged as the premier source of sparkling wine in Australia. It is ideally suited for growing the “holy trinity”of sparkling varietals; chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The 66-hectare property overlooking Bass Strait has a similar climate to the Champagne region of France, with mild autumn temperatures with maximums in the low 20°C and minimums around 10ºC. The climate creates a long ripening period, which allows the fruit to accumulate intense flavour balanced with fine acidity. Vines are close-spaced and planted in deep, red volcanic soil in a frost-free amphitheatre, orientated north/south to maximise sunlight exposure.
Made from 100% chardonnay, Clover Hill’s first vintage was in 1991. Since 1994, the blend has evolved to include all three classic sparkling grapes, with pinot noir and pinot meunier added to the mix. The 2009 vintage in Tasmania was quite cool and wet, producing exceptionally high-quality sparkling fruit. All of the fruit was picked in the coolest part of the morning and whole-bunch-pressed. The juice was then fermented in small batches to show the varietal, clonal and terrior characters of all the blocks from which it is made. Clover Hill is created using traditional methods. Furthermore, portions of this wine have ben aged in small-format French oak foudres and barriques to highlight the complexity that can be produced from a sparkling house of this calibre.
This sparkling is vibrant gold with a green hue. It displays a persistant mousse with a fine and delicate bead. It has elegant honey and apple on the nose with bread and nutty characters derived from the extended time on lees. This wine has complexity and depth with lovely texture and balance that will improve with age under cork for up to 10 years.