(Not Quite) Champagne Friday: YARRABANK Sparkling Cuvee, Victoria, 2004

Yarrabank2004YARRABANK is a joint venture begun in 1993 between Yarra Valley’s (Victoria, Australia) Yering Station and Champagne’s Devaux. The wine is made from grapes grown in both the Yarra Valley and on the Mornington Peninsula.The first wines were based on the 1996 vintage. this 2004 is the current release. Along with the Jansz wines from Tasmania, these are the best sparklers I have had from Australia and some of the best from the new world.

YARRABANK Sparkling Cuvee, Victoria (Australia), 2004 ($19.39)
A 12.5% alcohol methode champenoise blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay along with 13% reserve wines aged in large oak, all from Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley aged 48 months en tirage before disgorgement and dosage to 0.34% sugar (very dry). Pale-gold-straw in color and fully sparkling; quite dry, medium-bodied with fresh acidity and scant phenolics. Offers fresh lemony citrus and apple fruit with plenty of toast and enough mineral to keep it focused. The reserve wines supply some richness and more texture in the mouth. Refreshing and quite delicious. Could be mistaken for Champagne and pretty good Champagne at that. More in the aperitif style with real elegance. BS: 92+.

“But Champagne is not drinking.”
said actor David Niven, when asked why he was drinking

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