Stefano Lubiana Reserve Sparkling Brut Nv
Huon Hooke95 points
James Halliday94 points
Campbell Mattin93 points
65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir. Méthode traditionnelle, with a minimum of two years on lees and one year on cork pre-release. Fruit-pure, intense, rich, creamy and complex. A wine with great length but not too bold and dry.
"I’d drink this in preference to most of the cheaper real Champagnes" - Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times
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Critic Scores & reviews
"This year’s Tasmanian Wine Show trophy winner has iced pastry aromas, and some bread and brioche notes. The palate quite rich, full and rounded, its richness enhanced by a well-judged touch of sweetness."
"A 70/30% blend of chardonnay and pinot noir disgorged Aug '18. Chardonnay is dominant on both paper and in the mouth; the wine has white flowers, white stone fruit and grapefruit, the balance and length both right on the money."
"Made with 65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, all estate grown. If Australian NV sparkling is on your radar – and why wouldn’t it be – then look no further. It’s a crisp, racy, fresh-faced style in general and yet it has complexity and breadth. Love the freshness, love the flavour. Red and green apples, citrus, bread and roses. Satisfying and refreshing. Grown right, made right, tastes right, priced right."
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
Apart from being the most southerly wine region in Australia, Tasmania has among the coolest growing subregions with the potential to make distinctly different wines than in the rest of the country.
Most well known for cool-climate varietals like Pinot noir and Chardonnay (thus sparkling too), Sauvignon Blanc smaller plantings of Riesling, Cabernet and Pinot Gris (more commonly Pinot labelled Pinot Grigio)
Historically, Tasmania can lay claim to being the founder of both the Victorian and South Australian wine industries as William Henty sailed from Launceston to Portland (in Victoria) in 1834 and planted grape cuttings there. Though not conclusively proven, it's believed that John Hack planted vines in South Australia in 1837, closely followed in 1838 by John Reynell.
Warmer vintages (possibly attributable to global warming) has had positive effects on region's industry, allowing grapes in recent vintages to achieve full phenolic ripeness, making for vibrant wines that have been widely accepted as world class.
Southern Tasmania is an exciting up-and-coming wine region that includes the area of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. The vineyards of this area include those from Derwent Valley, Coal River Valley, and the Huon Valley wine regions. Renowned for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes, Southern Tasmania is fast becoming a prominent wine region to watch.
Because of its geographical location, the cool maritime climate helps play a big part in the slow ripening process, which creates a balance of flavour and acidity. In Southern Tasmania, site selection of the grapes is a very important factor- the red wine varieties are usually grown higher up on the hills where they get plenty of sunshine, and the grapes of white wine varieties are closer to the river where the water helps moderate the heat during the summer days, and also keeps the spring frosts at bay. The alluvial soil found in this region varies according to the proximity of the river; the soil closer to the river is usually deeper than the soil found on the vineyards further away from the river.
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About the brand Stefano Lubiana
Steve Lubiana has spent more than 20 years putting Tasmanian wine and biodynamic winemaking and viticulture principles on the map with his Stefano Lubiana label. The fifth generation winemaker is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and progressive in Australia and his wines have earned a reputation as elegant, beautifully balanced and possessing a signature savouriness that has won recognition around the world.
Located at Granton in the Derwent Valley, 20km north of Hobart and overlooking the stunning tidal estuary of the Derwent River, Steve and Monique Lubiana’s approach focuses on producing small quantities of handcrafted and distinctive wines including Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.