Daniel Le Brun

Daniel Le Brun

Marlborough Blanc de Blancs2009 Daniel Le Brun Marlborough Blanc de Blancs 750ml

Sparkling with straw colours and gold hues, this exquisite méthode exhales aromas of crisp gala apple and wild strawberry complimented by nuances of brioche and toasted pine nuts. In the palate, soft creamy bubbles lead into a rich weighty palate balanced by fresh youthful acidity.

Goes great with:

  • Cheese

  • Dessert

  • Seafood

$3999 RRP 750ml bottle

Accolades:

  • Silver, New Zealand International Wine Show 2013
  • 4 Stars, Cuisine Magazine
  • Silver, The Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
  • Bronze, Royal Easter Show 2014

Vintage wines are only produced in exceptional years where the season has produced grapes of truly great intensity and roundness. The hallmarks of this Blanc de Blancs are structure, elegance and complexity.

Description:

Color:
Straw colours and subtle lemon hues.
Aromas:
Aromas of Braeburn apple, grapefruit and white-fleshed nectarine, enhanced by subtle notes of homemade short-crust pastry and freshly baked bread.
Palate:
A fine delicate mousse provides a lovely creaminess and leads into a rich intense mid-palate. The searing backbone of ripe racy acidity that characterises this wine carries through from start to finish.

Food and Wine Match:

Ideal as an aperitif or alongside fresh seafood such as seared scallops, crayfish and crab. The acidity in this wine also complements ripe soft cheeses such as camembert and double cream brie.

Cellaring:

Ideal drinking now but will develop further toasty complexity through to 2022.

Harvest Notes:

After a good early season with only a few frosts, bunch numbers were high and good weather over flowering lead to good fruit set. The cooler Jan-March period experienced was greater than we have seen in recent years and prolonged ripening. The most nervous period was the month of Feb where we had unseasonal warm westerly rain. Fortunately the three Chardonnay vineyards that make up this wine managed to avoid the botrytis which had affected some of the other early ripening vineyard sites around the Wairau Valley.

Fermentation Notes:

Chardonnay grapes from the Selmes Road, Francis, and St Leonards vineyard sites were gently whole bunch pressed and kept separate with only the finest free run juice retained. The individual vineyard parcels were fermented in a combination of old French oak and stainless steel using a careful selection of champagne yeasts and were then left to sit on their lees to gain creaminess, structure and complexity for two to three months. At this time the Selmes Road and St Leonards wines underwent malolactic fermentation to soften their intense natural acidity. The portion from the Francis vineyard was left as a non-malo component to retain a tingling spine of natural malic acid in the wine. The wine is then blended and yeast and sugar are added before it undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle.

Vintages

Technical Information

Vintage:
2009
Winemaker:
Andy Petrie
Variety:
Blanc de Blancs
Region:
Marlborough
Alcohol:
12.50%
pH:
3.03.
Residual Sugar:
6 g/L