65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay; 12.5% ABV
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
$3 at the Berkeley and Richmond, CA, stores on 24 May
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but the packaging was very nice and the weather has been pretty warm of late…
This dry wine was initially tasty, if a bit disjointed, showing full, fresh, ripe flavors of yellow apple, lemon, and a little green apple. It had a nice fruit / acid balance and crisp carbonation, and seemed to reflect an Australian wine philosophy of exuberant robustness. After the bottle had been open about 30 minutes, kept stoppered in the fridge, the wine integrated nicely and became less fresh-tasting. Instead, the apple became more browned or caramelized, so, while good now, I wouldn’t wait at all to drink this.
I generally prefer sparkling wines that are less ripe, more lean and elegant. However, I thought this wine was very good in its style, especially for the low price.