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We have re-ignited our love affair with sparkling wine, a project Penfolds first explored on Australia soil in the early 1900’s. Now more than a century later, we set our sights on France and the region of Champagne. Partnering with Thiénot, a respected player in the world of Champagne, Penfolds has worked in tandem with their team to release an extraordinary 2013 Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru.
A Champagne worthy of celebrating our past, present and future.
Engulfs and asserts … so gracefully, so alluringly, so convincingly.
Ever so subtle flavours of mocha and toffee, Reglis root (liquorice?) - powerful yet elegant; rich yet fine. Very pinot noir!
Lively acidity respects mouthfeel, conveying varietal fruit offerings and palate length. Never distracts.
Rich. Dosage in perfect balance. Complete.
In short, a rather cold and snowy winter followed by a cool and cloudy spring. 2013 was a late growing season (between two and three weeks later than the ten-year average). Paradoxically, there was no frost damage – although temperatures were lower than usual, they were never extreme in winter or in spring. Gloomy conditions prevailed until June. Summer finally arrived in July and rewarded Champagne with two months of sunny and warm weather. Rainfall and cool temperature returned in September and harvest across the region took place under autumnal conditions from end-September to mid-October. Apart from a few isolated hailstorms, there were no worrying weather incidents leading into this 2013 harvest. Despite high disease pressure due to wet conditions during the first part of the season, vines remained very safe throughout.