Friday, May 3, 2013

Brown Brothers Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier NV and 2012 Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay (Central Ranges NSW)


Two contrasting sparklings on the tasting bench: one a reliable NV from Victoria, another a ripe, fruity 2012 vintage from NSW.

Brown Brothers Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier NV
This Brown Brothers wine is as safe bet in an Australian sparkling wine context. The wine sings a steady tune, with yeasty, bready aromas with fresh strawberry and mild citrus on the nose, with strawberry fruit and a nice, vibrant mousse on the palate. Finishes with fresh acidity without harshness you get with many sparkling wines below $20. Balanced, reliable and fantastic value.

RRP: $18-20
ABV: 13%
Rating: 90 pts


2012 Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay (Central Ranges NSW)
A blend of 50% chardonnay and 50% Pinot Grigio. Fresh and vibrant nose of sweet cut apple and pear.  Apple and ripe pear prominent on the palate once again. Smells and tastes sweet from start to the back palate though finishes crisp and not as cloying as expected. Texturally quite soft and smooth with pleasant acidity.  Quite a simple, fresh, fruit driven wine that would be popular with many, especially the Sauvignon Blanc army. Poles apart stylistically to the Brown Brothers NV.

RRP: $18.95
ABV: 13%
Rating: 86 pts
Website: http://www.cumuluswines.com.au/cmls/

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