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  • Delamere Delamere Cuvee 2016

Delamere Cuvee 2016

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White flowers, lemon blossom and lovely biscuity autolysis presage this wine’s opulence. Structural and balanced with fine tannins, the slightly higher dosage of 3g/l vibrantly delivers a palate of sherbet, lemon curd and refined minerality.

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Delamere Vintage Cuvee is made in the Traditional Method, 100 percent estate grown and produced. This single-vineyard wine is grown, vinified, bottled and hand-disgorged on site.  A testament to the world-class quality of the Pipers River region for sparkling wine production. The wine is the result of carefully hand-harvested fruit from the mature chardonnay and pinot noir vines of Delamere Vineyard, reflecting the site’s distinctive soil and location. The careful blending of these two classic sparkling wine varieties produces a wine with great length (from the chardonnay) and a full mid palate (from the pinot).

Notes from the winemaker: The 2016 vintage was characterized by very dry conditions and generally warm temperatures. Budburst commenced early in 2016 with strong canopy growth evident by January. The result wines have ripe flavours, which developed at moderate potential alcohol.  Natural acidity for these wines lean towards the softer end, providing lovely texture, whilst retaining the elegance and finesse that defines Delamere.

Gentle whole bunch pressing of the fruit and blended whilst still juice, the 2016 Cuvée is an elegant wine representing some excellent characteristics of the vintage.  The assemblage consists of 64% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir. This year allowed us to use a large proportion of solids during fermentation to give extra depth and complexity.   Four years of tirage age, in tandem with 3g/l dosage, this wine shows a luscious palate with evocative length.

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