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Hanging Rock Cuvée XII Brut NV

This sparkling wine from Hanging Rock proved to be an outstanding bottle.  Disgorged in September 2009 after 6 years on lees, it is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay with fruit sourced from vintages from 2001 back to 1987 in the cool Macedon Ranges.  It has a very complex aroma, reminding of honey, yeast, biscuit and lemon.  The palate is equally complex, with fine and persistent bubbles, a delicate mousse and biscuit, yeast, brioche and lemon flavours to the fore, framed elegantly by high acidity.  It’s the sort of wine that puts Australian sparkling wine on the map.

Rating: Outstanding, Abv: 12%, Price: $40s, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.hangingrock.com.au/, Tasted: 2014

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