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2007 Kreglinger Vintage Brut

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Forget the French stuff, this is a rather viable alternative. The Kreglinger Vintage Brut is effectively the top sparkling wine for Tasmania's Pipers Brook, with it once going under the 'Pirie' label (when it was still famous winemaker Andrew Pirie's baby) and receiving no shortage of accolades in the process.

The quality hasn't dipped even though it is now called Kreglinger (which is quite a tongue twister of a name) with this built in a very serious, full bodied sparkling style of power and concentration.

Winemaker's Notes

Vinification
The grapes were all hand picked in small parcel lots and carefully transported to the nearby winery where they were delicately pressed within an hour of picking. Modern computer PLC controlled Bucher airbag presses are used with a modified champagne cycle, to produce around 450-550 litres per tonne of free run juice from the whole bunch pressed grapes. Only this pure free run juice (cuvee) component is used in the Vintage Brut. Base wines are fermented in both tank and some in barrel, and a small percentage was aged on lees until the tirage blend took place in the new calendar year, followed by the tirage. The wine was stored in a temperature controlled cellaring environment to enhance bottle fermentation and style evolution. The wine was disgorged in late 2010, followed by some time on cork prior to release.

Appearance
The 'body' colour of a fine champagne diamond, polished to sparkle and flash with lots of 'fire', delicately encased with strands of very fine and persistent string of pearls bead.

Aroma
Classic Kreglinger vintage brut aromas, with seamless depth and elegance, all the hallmarks of fine cool maritime climate sparkling. The subtle hints of biscuity bakers yeast, honey, nougat, and layers of spice, fine quartzy mineral perfume talc, integrated and balanced by the subtle tones of cashews, nori seaweed and sea side aromas.

Palate
Cool climate classic Kreglinger, a very captivating, long, rich and balanced palate; sophisticated and beautifully defined creamy mousse (Cordon de Mousse) forming a necklace, with strings of pearl beads that provide both fine and lively texture to a crisp clean mouth feel. Freshly baked apple pastries melt in your mouth. The addition of our liqueur de dosage at disgorgement has added further richness and complexity to the already multi-layered palate. The finish is long and elegant with mineral quartz, nori and all with the maritime depth of seaside flavours, and a palate that leads to a crisp, dry, lingering finish.

Food Matching
Oysters natural, Oscietra caviar, with its sweetly walnut like flavours, salmon roe, salmon tartare, sushi or sashimi, fillet of sea bass.

Alc/Vol: 11.9%

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2007 Kreglinger Vintage Brut

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James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
This blend of pinot noir and chardonnay was disgorged in late Õ10, and given additional cork age prior to release. Very pale, bright quartz-green; the palate is taut and precise, showing both its dominant pinot noir, and substantial freshness and crispness on the long, citrussy finish. Scores more for elegance than power.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
95
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Taut, highly strung and very acidic, with a waxy and meaty boiquet of delicate grapefruit and apple aromas lifted by floral and pungent, lanolin-like notes and backed by a ahint of grilled nuts. Long and concentrated, with pristine, penetrative flavours of lemon, grapefruit and apple backed by bakery yeast influences and a light meatiness, it finishes long and tightly focused, with a searing, brittle acidity. I'd be keeping this for several years, waiting for those acids to settle.
2018-2026
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92

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