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Sparkling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay / Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
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  1. Airlie Bank Cuvee Sparkling Nv
    An everyday drinking style, fresh and vibrant with a focused palate of apple blossom and citrus characters with complex brioche notes. Aromas of citrus fruits and subtle apricot, complemented by a doughy, bready complexity. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot ... Learn More
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  2. Delamere Non Vintage Cuvée N.V.
    Made in the traditional method, each disgorgement spends over two years on lees before release, resulting in a beautiful balance of freshness, creaminess and complexity that you rarely find at this price point. Delamere owners Fran and Shane are deeply ... Learn More
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  3. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling Nv
    Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. The famed Marlborough producer's sparkling. It's one of the best consistently from over the ditch and has genuine French-like class. Sourcing Non-Vintage sparkling wine ... Learn More
  4. Enrico Gatti Franciacorta NV
    In 1975 Enrico Gatti purchased a single hectare in Erbusco, the heart of the Franciacorta region, and made a red wine which he sold in demijohns to local restaurants. At the time Franciacorta was really just getting started as a sparkling ... Learn More
  5. Champagne Autreau Brut Premier Cru Rose NV
    100% Premier Cru fruit. 85% Chardonnay lends an elegant floral character as well as grapefruit and melon, but the 15% Pinot Noir (blended as red wine) gives the ruby red colour and adds flavours of red berries and a savoury complexity. The family ... Learn More
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  6. Champagne Autreau Grand Cru Champagne Nv
    100% Grand Cru fruit. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend. The nose is a combination of ripe citrus fruits with a buttery overtone and flowery finish. The flavours are fresh and vibrant, of peaches, melons and raspberry with light hazelnut nuance adding depth ... Learn More
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  7. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Nv
    Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used. ... Learn More
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  8. Champagne Drappier 'Clarevallis' Organic Extra Brut Nv
    WINNER, Best Buy Wines IMPORTS OVER $35, Gourmet Traveller Magazine August 2021 The history of the Drappier family began in the 13th century, when Saint Bernard built a block of flats in Urville for the Abbey Clairvaux. The all new cuvée ... Learn More
  9. Jacquinot & Fils Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
  10. Champagne Drappier Rose Brut Nature Nv
    The Brut Nature Rosé is a cuvée which will delight lovers of freshness, minerality and purity. On the nose, very evocative of strawberry and raspberry with a floral note of rose petals. The palate recalls red fruits and is ... Learn More
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  11. Champagne Drappier Grand Sendree 2009
    The glass of Champagne Drappier was lifted by the hands of the greatest men. General De Gaulle, for example, was a fan of the estate's vintages. This success is mainly due to the application of winegrowers, from generation to generation, ... Learn More
  12. Gosset 'Grand Millesime' Vintage 2012 Champagne
    This is a wine that results from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. The first nose is very fresh and expressive with notes of hawthorn, lilac, wild white flowers and fruit notes such as pear, plum and Mirabelle. The ... Learn More
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  13. Champagne Jacquinot 'Harmonie Millesime' 2009
    Pierre Jacquinot and his 2 sons Jacques and Jean-Guy have created "Champagne Jacquinot & Fils" in 1947. The family currently owns a vineyard of 17 hectares in the underground caves in Epernay and produces terroir-driven, unique champagne of high quality. Produced only in exceptional ... Learn More
  14. Dom Perignon Champagne 2012
    Dom Pérignon could very well be the most celebrated champagne brand in the world. Owned by pioneers of luxury, Luis Vuitton Möet Hennessy (LVMH), Dom Pérignon champagnes are uniquely crafted by vino-genius Richard Geoffroy, otherwise known as ‘ ... Learn More
  15. Celebrate With Champagne! (3x2)

    Celebrate Champagne with these exclusive Champagnes!

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  16. Champagne Celebrations 6pk! (3x2)

    Celebrate Champagne with these exclusive Champagnes!

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    2x Champagne Jacquinot 'Private Cuvee' Brut NV
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  17. Champagne Drappier Grand Sendree 2008 Magnum
    2008 is one of the highest rated vintages in history for Champagne. Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used. Nose of freshly pressed black grapes, of red, white and citrus fruits. Ample palate with flesh of ... Learn More
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  18. Gosset 'Celebris' Vintage 2008 Rose Champagne
    The 2008 vintage in Champagne is being hailed by all and sundry as one of the best vintages in recent memory. If not longer. Certainly Tyson Stelzer is in no doubt: ‘A vintage [2008] of classic finesse, crystalline purity, tightly clenched acidity, ... Learn More
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  19. Champagne Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Les Crayères NV
    Bottling: 2015 Disgorgement: July 2021 Time on lees: 72 months This is the emblematic wine from Francis Egly. Michel Bettane, the influential French critic, encouraged Egly to bottle this single vineyard wine separately and the first vintage was in 1989. This latest release was ... Learn More
  20. Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006
    This cuvée Blanc de Noirs vinified in oak casks allows the richness of the terroir and the purity of the wine to express itself. This rare vintage of incredible typicity will live on for future decades with strength and ... Learn More
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