Daoso Natural Reserve Sparkling Piccadilly Valley NV

In just one small sticker, the key components of this sparkling wine are communicated incredibly effectively. Here it is: Transparency in labelling benefits both wine producers and consumers. Although the words chosen are the French ones, we swifly learn: Cepages (grape varieties): 82% pinot noir and 18% chardonnay Vintages: 81% from 2017 and 19% reserveContinue reading “Daoso Natural Reserve Sparkling Piccadilly Valley NV”

Wills Domain CuvĂ©e d’Elevage Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

This is a well made sparkling wine from the classic varieties of chardonnay and pinot noir. The producer is Wills Domain in the Margaret River. In the glass, there are light aromas of citrus and yeast. The palate has between medium and firm acidity. Well priced and suitable for current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: NA.Continue reading “Wills Domain CuvĂ©e d’Elevage Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV”

Wills Domain CuvĂ©e d’Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV

This is a good sparkling wine from Wills Domain. However perhaps its most surprising feature is that it is made from 100% scheurebe. Scheurebe is an early twentieth century German cross of riesling and “bukettrebe”, and well regarded as such, but finds its home mostly in Germany and Austria. Apparently some has found its wayContinue reading “Wills Domain CuvĂ©e d’Elevage Blanc de Blanc NV”

Wills Domain CuvĂ©e d’Elevage RosĂ© NV

This artistically labelled wine from Wills Domain in the Margaret River is a sparkling rosĂ© made from 100% merlot. Pale in colour, it has aromas of red fruit and toast. The palate is dry and pleasant and has a delicate mousse. A well made wine that is ready to drink now. Rating: Good. Abv: 12%.Continue reading “Wills Domain CuvĂ©e d’Elevage RosĂ© NV”

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut 2014

This is a very good sparkling wine from Schramsberg in California.  The appellation is North Coast.  Should the name prove unilluminating outside of California, the vineyards are in fact in the Napa and Sonoma counties.  The sparkling wine itself is a blanc de blancs chardonnay made using the traditional method.  In the glass, there areContinue reading “Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage Brut 2014”