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NV Delamotte Brut
RRP: $105 | Offer: $88 | 6 Pack Price: $87
"Attractively chalky and biscuity nose, with some honey, apricots and lemon cream. It's balanced and focused, with very fine bubbles, a medium body and well-rounded finish." 91 points, jamessuckling.com
"The latest release of Delamotte's NV Brut is especially charming... medium to full-bodied, pillowy and enveloping, it's a fleshy, giving wine that's ample and pliant, with a pinpoint mousse and a nicely defined finish." - William Kelley The Wine Advocate
NV Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
RRP: $145 | Offer $119 | 6 Pack Price: $115
Made from Grand Cru Chardonnay, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs exhibits absolute purity, with the vinification process taking place in stainless steel tanks. Blanc de Blancs is a mineral champagne with purity of expression and complexity from extended lees ageing.
"Bursting with aromas of citrus zest, freshly baked bread, nougat, crisp stone fruit and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, ample and pillowy, with a fleshy core of fruit, bright acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse, it's a seamless, elegant wine that concludes with a flavorful finish." - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate"
"Aromas of lemon zest, biscuits, seashells and chalk. Crushed almonds, too. Medium-bodied with sharp acidity and creamy bubbles. Focused. Lemon zest and stones to close. Drink now"- 92 points, jamessuckling.com
2019 Dominique Gruhier Cremant de Bourgogne Extra Brut
This tastes better than 100's of champagnes! It is astonishingly great: dense, rich, elegant, dry, tangy, and with a persistent creamy moose. It's is a chardonnay and pinot noir blend, 100% barrel fermented and aged for 8 months in old oak (400 and 600 lt barrels) then given traditional bottle fermentation and ageing for 30 months.
The flavour and colour suggests chardonnay is the dominant player here. White fleshy fruits sit behind a marine-inflections and a wealth of yeast autolysis richness. This wine is not just geographically but also stylistically situated halfway between Chablis & Champagne. The palate is all finesse, and the 4 g/L dosage rounds out the mouthwatering acidity and chalky minerality. Not your average Cremant de Bourgogne!
Driven by the knowledge that Tasmania creates sparkling wines of detail and precision, dubbed “Australia’s Sparkling Queen”, Natalie has devoted her career to crafting exquisite wines. That passion led her to establish Bellebonne to solely focus on creating Australia’s best sparkling wine.
Now that all sounds like a bit of a marketing blurb, but I was blown away by my first taste of her Rose when in Tasmania lately, and then when I met Nat a few weeks ago, I was even more awe-struck by her passion, drive and burning desire to make great bubblies! She is a machine!
2019 Bellebonne Vintage Cuvee
RRP: $74 | Offer: $69
"A 2019 vintage sparkling of 60/40% chardonnay/pinot noir from Pipers River; 100% barrel ferment and 100% mlf. A very solid vintage in Tasmania. Pale straw with elegant white peach, grapefruit and green apple with underlying hints of crushed stone, almond blossom, brioche, enoki mushroom broth and a gentle wisp of freshly cut fennel bulb. Seamless with stunning tension, clarity and a sense of filigreed grace. Plenty of subtlety, plenty of awesome." - 95 points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion
2020 Bellebonne Vintage Rose
RRP: $79 | Offer: $74
"Pipers River pinot noir from four rows of vines, fermented in eight-year-old barrels with 100% mlf. Early picked for the aromatic purity it provides, and it really shows. A beautiful salmon hue with a fine energetic bead and mousse, stunning aromatics of redcurrant, wild strawberries, red apple and raspberry with notes of mushroom broth, fresh pastry, crushed river stone and light creamy notes. Super savoury and pure, gentle tannin texture from the barrel ferment and a long, harmonious finish. Gorgeous drinking."- 96 points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion
2016 Bellebonne Vintage Blanc de Blancs
RRP:$112 Offer: $99
"100% chardonnay from a single vineyard in Pipers River. Fermented in four 8-20yo barrels, full mlf and aged 5.5 years on lees; 4.1g/L dosage. Pipers River chardonnay has a personality all of its own, contrasting the tension of cold winds whipping across from Bass Strait, with a generosity of fruit and body. Natalie Fryar plays the creamy texture of barrel fermentation and lees age to seamlessly marry the two. Pineapple, fig and grapefruit meet the subtle beginnings of brioche and vanilla nougat. There's an inherent phenolic grip to this season, well embraced here by silky texture on a lingering finish." - 95 points, Tyson Stelzer, Halliday Wine Companion