Today has been particularly great, after a week of vineyard visits I have officially signed up my first Australian client. This had to be celebrated in style so I chose a local sparkling wine.
Gold Turtle is made in the traditional method, however is only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with no Pinot Meunier. After fermentation and blending a second fermentation occurs in the bottle then the wine is aged on lees (sediment remains to add flavour), riddled (slowly turned upside down) and disgorged (sediment frozen then shot out). Finally a dosage of sugar is added before re-corking.
The flavours are of gentle citrus with brioche notes, great quality without too much wallet damage!