Posted on April 14th, 2010
It may seem I’m bigging up Simplywines.ie, but for good reason.
After the three reds I had a few weeks ago, which I thought were brilliant, now it’s time for some bubbly, the devilishly divine Pirie non-vintage. Still from the south of Australia, albeit from the cool climate island paradise of Tasmania, a region which is now being taken rather seriously.
The Pirie sparkling blew my mind when I had it. Others have declared this “as the greatest sparkling wine ever produced outside of champagne”.
- Eyes: Colourwise, a lot darken and more golden than many lighter bubblies.
- Nose: utterly butterly
- Mouth: No tart acidity like many champagnes at twice the price. Rather, a rewarding rich full flavoured creamy, nutty, buttery richness.
- Conclusion: gobsmacked
- Price: €25
- Availability: Simplywines.ie
Details for wine buffs
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made in the traditional way as champagne and a minimum of 18 months on lees (the dead yeast cells which have converted the sugars to alcohol and bubbles in the bottle then die – autolysis.
But they’re not done yet. Far from it. By leaving the yeast in the bottle (“sur lie”), it imparts a bready, nutty flavour.
They are later removed (disgorged), leaving the their wonderful flavours behind.
Worth repeating: gobsmacked.