Saturday, November 25, 2006

WINE: BANROCK STATION ‘The Reserve’ Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay

Type: Sparkling White
Origin: Australia
Approx Cost: $9

Such a bizarre experience. I was looking forward to trying this wine for no real reason. I got the bottle out of the fridge and struggled for an eternity to remove the bloody cork. After it finally popped my hand was sore from the effort. The bottle says that Banrock Station is also concerned with preserving and restoring the local environment, which is interesting. Nevertheless, I sucked it up and poured. Very little fizz. Mousse was weak and didn’t last long. Mid straw colour. Bead was very heavy. Smells young. Excellent taste. Stone fruits and hints of the nearby wetlands. Smooth and approaching creamy. Unrefined finish. Refreshing.

It’s not the most complex or technical of wines but it drinks amazingly well. Very few wines for this price make me want to keep going back for more, but this does. Outstanding value. Easily the best sparkling wine under $10.


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