Clover Hill Cuvee Tasmania
Clover Hill is one of Australia's principal chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier cuvées. In 1986, on the site of an old dairy farm in north-east Tasmania, the magnificent Clover Hill Vineyard was established by the Goelet family. Their aim was, and still is, to produce superb sparkling wine using traditional French methodology. Since its debut vintage in 1991, Clover Hill has gained a reputation for its uncompromising quality, its elegance and finesse, and its distinguished Tasmanian style.
The Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvée is made entirely from grapes sourced from Clover Hill’s own vineyards in Tasmania. Tasmania is known for producing world-class cool-climate wines, and this is the epitome of a classic Tasmanian sparkling wine.
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.
The Tasmanian Cuvée is crafted according to méthod traditionnelle techniques. Fermented in its bottle, this wine is aged on yeast lees for at least two years, ensuring the vivacity and intensity that is the hallmark of Clover Hill.
59% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 4% Pinot Meunier.
"Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvee NV is one of the best value in the 2014 Australian Sparkling & Champagne line-up: pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier made using the traditional method; a blend of ’08, ’07 and ’06 vintages on tirage for two years, this is a very rich and complex wine with creamy brioche and toast wrapped around the fruit extending the finish considerably. 95 points" -- James Halliday
"Bright, medium to full yellow colour. Honeyed mellow-aged bouquet with some straw and silage character typical of Tasmanian chardonnay. There's a hint of greenness in the fruit. The flavour is full and smooth, round and clean, with some obvious sweetness on entry, then a cleaner finish which is reasonably dry and carries a notable acid tang. The acidity is quite shrill and would be too much without that fairly generous dosage. A very good wine, in the final analysis. 90 Points" -- Huon Hooke