Clover Hill Vineyard is in Tasmania’s Pipers River, an area becoming acknowledged as the premier source of sparkling wine in Australia. It is ideally suited for growing the “holy trinity”of sparkling varietals; chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The 66-hectare property overlooking Bass Strait has a similar climate to the Champagne region of France, with mild autumn temperatures with maximums in the low 20°C and minimums around 10ºC.
The climate creates a long ripening period, which allows the fruit to accumulate intense flavour balanced with fine acidity. Vines are close-spaced and planted in deep, red volcanic soil in a frost-free amphitheatre, orientated north/south to maximise sunlight exposure.
The Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvée NV is made from grapes sourced from Clover Hill’s vineyards in Tasmania, an assemblage of three main vintages to deliver freshness and ageing complexity in the same glass. It has undergone partial malolactic fermentation to soften the crisp natural acidity.
Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvée is crafted according to traditional methods. Fermented in its bottle, this wine is aged on yeast lees for at least two years, ensuring the vivacity and intensity that is the hallmark of Clover Hill.
Along with a bright green hue, this wine has a delicate and soft mousse. On the nose, attractive notes of bright citrus, fresh apples, brioche and cream. On the palate, the wine offers crisp apple pie and lime characters. It has a great drive and length with a balanced dosage.
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