Introducing the 2012 Berrigan Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, the perfect way to start your evening!
This sparkling has been made using the traditional method and with the grape varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and the flavours to look out for include citrus, strawberry and freshly baked bread.
The palate is quite dry (but not completely dry), and remains crisp and refreshing, while maintaining an air of approachability and sophistication.
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Do you understand what we mean when we say this sparkling has been made by the ‘traditional method’?
To start, both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes were harvested early so as to retain the high acidity needed for this distinctive wine style, as well as reducing the potential alcohol in the wine. The grapes were pressed and fermented separately from each other in tanks so as to ferment the wine to dryness and this is called the ‘primary fermentation’ which is very common in white wine production.
The wines then underwent ‘malolactic fermentation’, which is actually the fermentation/metabolism of the malic acid (not the sugar) in the wine. This helps soften the harder malic acid in the wine (think unripe green apples), and the bacteria converts this to lactic acid, a result that gives this wine a softer, creamier texture, whilst also adding flavour and complexity.
They were then blended and sent to bottle, from where it undertook another controlled fermentation of sugars (but this time in the confines of a glass bottle). It is this fermentation that produces carbon dioxide which is captured in the wine under high pressure, and the bubbles you see in your glass are the direct result. This stage also allows extra flavour and texture to be developed that further enhances the complexity of the flavours in the wine while lifting the elegant fruit aromas from the glass.
With the traditional method of making sparkling wine, the bottle that you have in your hand is the very bottle that this third fermentation takes place in, so opening each bottle is a celebration in itself!