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Meadowbank Blanc de Blancs 2018

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Meadowbank Blanc de Blancs 2018
Producer Meadowbank
Region, Country Tasmania, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 24
Product Code 23157-750

The Meadowbank sparkling program is in full swing, and this 2018 Blanc de Blancs―the third release―is some of Peter Dredge’s finest work, and that’s saying something considering this winemaker’s pedigree when it comes to wines of an effervescent nature. The source is the same as for the 2016 and 2017 wines: the Far Horse Vineyard block, located close to the vines used for Meadowbank Chardonnay. While the latter are exposed to the north, the Blanc de Blancs parcel faces south in a slightly cooler mesoclimate. The clone is I10V1.

2018 was a touch warmer than 2017, delivering intensely flavoured Chardonnay with glisteningly fresh natural acidity. The fruit was picked by hand and pressed as whole bunches, with just the first two-thirds of the juice siphoned off to old barriques (just 8 in total) for fermentation over three months. As in 2017, Dredge washed one new barrel with the sparkling base this year. After three months in oak, the wine was bottled and spent the following five years on lees before disgorgement with just 3g/L dosage. It’s another elegant, detailed wine from the sparkling maestro, balancing pure, potent flavour with delicate, creamy texture, zipline acidity and a long lingering finish. Given the price of Champagne at the moment, Pete’s proposition looks like an absolute steal!

Meadowbank Blanc de Blancs 2018

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“Lovely brightness in the glass and a super mousse and bead. Lifted and pretty aromas of brioche, baked apple, white stone fruit and bath salts. The palate is fine, focused and driven by a core of nectarine and green apple flavours. There's also lovely creaminess and mouth-feel, with the crunchy, punchy acidity doing its thing and delivering cut and purpose. Classy gear.”
95 points, Aaron Brasher, The Real Review

Reviews

“Lovely brightness in the glass and a super mousse and bead. Lifted and pretty aromas of brioche, baked apple, white stone fruit and bath salts. The palate is fine, focused and driven by a core of nectarine and green apple flavours. There's also lovely creaminess and mouth-feel, with the crunchy, punchy acidity doing its thing and delivering cut and purpose. Classy gear.”
95 points, Aaron Brasher, The Real Review

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