Bellebonne Blanc de Blancs Tasmania 2015 Winery Notes
“Celebrating purity and longevity. 100% Chardonnay from the inaugural Bellebonne vintage, 2015. Abounding with generous pineapple, golden delicious apple, fresh fig and preserved lemon. Six years has blessed it with bountiful brushstrokes of brioche, vanilla custard and even a hint of nutmeg. Texturally it is a marvel, at once creamy and silky, yet simultaneously taut, determined and enduring. Enticing now, it has places to go over the coming decade, too.
This Blanc de Blancs singly transcends Natalie Fryar’s moniker of Australia’s sparkling rosé queen, unequivocally and emphatically confirming her place as Australia’s sparkling queen.”
Bellebonne Blanc de Blancs Tasmania 2015, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Natalie Fryar is in charge of Bellebonne in Tasmania. Bellebonne is a winery that makes some of the greatest Sparkling wines from the Island. Natalie spent 14 years making the Sparkling wines at Jansz and has taken all the technical, and vineyard knowledge and applied it to the wines at Bellebonne. At the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Awards Bellebonne won the Sparkling Rosé varietal category and was a finalist in the best new winery category.
The beautiful island south of the Australian mainland that has carved out a reputation for quality sparkling wine and Pinot Noir. Tasmania’s cooler climate regions and extended growing season make it perfect for aromatic styles of wine. A wealth of quality focussed producers has helped lift the status of the whole island. Interestingly, despite notable differences, there is only the one GI in Tassie.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation. In a Champagne context, Chard can add mineral flavours, stone fruits and acidity along with some weight of fruit.
The invasion of “Sunshine in a bottle” put Australian wine on the map. The fruity, easy-going, somewhat samey wines were endearing for a short time. Then the next big thing knocked them off their perch.
This forced producers to increase quality and emphasise the distinctive terroirs of Australia. Of which, there are many. And many more yet to be discovered.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fizz, bubby, bubbles. It is a wine with bubbles in it. There are many ways to put the bubbles in, and many styles and flavours you can find. Important to know that you should never buy cheap Sparkling. Champagne is still the quality leader of the world. But great Sparkling can be found in Moscato (sweet), Prosecco, Franciacorta (Italy), Cava (Spain), Australia, New Zealand, Loire Valley and Burgundy Cremant (France).
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