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Freycinet Radenti Chardonnay Pinot Noir

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Freycinet Radenti Chardonnay Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2002 Vintage) says

Claudio Radenti started making his cult sparkling wine at Freycinet two decades ago, but lack of demand shut production down between 2002 and 2011. He has now recommenced production at a miniscule 500 dozen. When I visited recently he opened every vintage back to 1993 and, pending a good cork, I was stunned by the seamlessness and confident endurance of the best seasons. 1994 and 1997 were still magnificent, and 2002 is their equal. The early years had just 4-5 years on lees, as will the 2011 when it eventually lands, but release cycles have blessed the 2002 with an entire decade on lees, the longest of any Radenti to date, and perhaps the longest we’ll ever see. The result is magnificent depth and full-bodied complexity, with refreshing restraint and remarkably pale colour for a sparkling wine of this age. It’s layered with complex notes of biscuit, roast nuts, brioche, bubblegum, lemon and grapefruit, with the generosity of stone fruits and hints of fig. A two-thirds majority of chardonnay keeps things focused, accenting fine, mineral structure. Best price direct.

Tyson Stelzer
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Nick Stock (2001 Vintage) says
This 60/40 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir has spent eight years on yeast lees and has a fine floral edge, with grapefruit and Clementine, some gently meaty reduction and a deeply woven complex nutty complexity. The palate carries essence-like mandarin flavour, bedded in among smooth, nutty autolysis flavours and pristine acidity. Long, smooth, subtle and composed.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
96
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
A 60/40% estate-grown blend of chardonnay and pinot noir from Freycinet's Synotts Vineyard, fermented in this bottle, and given more than eight years on yeast lees in tried and true Radenti style, resulting in a trademark blend of richness and texture, with spicy and creamy fruit on the mid-palate before a finely balanced, almost juicy, finish. A perennial favourite of mine, for which I make no apology.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Based around a pure core of intense, explosive fruit, this marvellously complex wine is a real walk on the wild side. Its wooly, nutty bouquet of lanolin and beeswax, hessian and dried flowers reavels funky, meaty undertones. It's crunchy, chewy and finely beaded palate delivers a intense core of fruit that plays all down the entirety of its length, finishing with refreshing focus, a tangy lemony acidity and lingering creamy, savoury aspects.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
93
Nick Stock (2000 Vintage) says
Some golden depth and richness in the colour of this benchmark Tasmanian sparkling. With gentle, waxy reduction, it opens to an impression of sweeter, mellow aged fruit character. Lemon citrus palate; really compact, crisp and complex wine, with plenty of power and refinement. Smooth transition, totally balanced and harmonious, the finish lingering with gentle, toasty nut flavours - long and fine.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Very complex wine; toasty dried fruits, figs, brioche; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
A rich and assertive sparkling wine of elegance and suppleness despite its extremely evolved, funky complexity. Its nutty, slightly aldehydic bouquet suggests lanolin, wool and game meats, while its long, savoury palate reveals just a hint of snow pea-like greenness and a hint of sweetcorn. It's a unique wine, full of character, but just little unevenly ripened for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Nick Stock (1999 Vintage) says
This sparkling masterpiece comes from the highly regarded Freycinet camp in Biceno. Astoundingly pure chardonnay aromas lead the wine out, limes, stone fruits and citrus oils; some of pinot's woody spices mix in richly through time on lees. A smouldering palate, led by chardonnay's powerful peach and nectarine fruits, twists through to complex savoury yeasty flavours at the finish. Long and bold, an uncompromising cool-climate triumph.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Powerful and rich; very complex, sustained citrus, nectarine and white peach fruit, the fruit line flowing and rippling. 12° ale.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
A complex, nutty and mineral fragrance of lime, grapefruit and apple reveals developing nuances of wheatmeal, toast, honey and butter. Slightly sweet and awkward to finish, It's chewy, rich and creamy, with a generous complement of depth and character, but would have been better if left a little drier.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Wonderfully fragrant orange blossom aromas; lively, lemony, fresh and exuberant in the mouth; incredibly youthful.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95
Jeremy Oliver (1998 Vintage) says
Complex, creamy and charming, this developing Tasmanian sparkler has a lively bouquet whose floral, peach and melon aromas overlie attractive bakery-like yeasty and meaty development, with a slightly wild whiff of cheesiness. Long, smooth and buttery, the palate bursts with a lingering core of tropical and stonefruit flavours backed by some toastiness and finishing slightly sweet.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
A blend of estate-grown chardonnay and pinot noir which spends 3 years on yeast lees, and named after Freycinet winemaker Claudio Radenti. Light straw-green; clear citrus and nectarine aromas and flavours drive a seductive wine with great harmony, mouthfeel and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95
Jeremy Oliver (1997 Vintage) says
There's a distinctive and evolved meaty, bakery quality about the fresh melon, peach and lime juice aromas of this small-run Tasmanian sparkler, which offers a fine, restrained and stylish palate of complexity and racy acidity. It's long, dry and savoury, with raspberry and cherry fruit, a creamy leesy texture and lingering nutty flavours.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
92

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