NV Blanc De Blancs
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NV MARGAN BLANC DE BLANCS

Blanc de Blancs is a French term meaning ‘white from white’ and refers to a classic champagne style made entirely from chardonnay. We can’t call ours champagne, but we make it in a method traditional to this famous sparkling wine region.

Vineyard

The Chardonnay used in the base wine is sourced from 40yr old vines on our Saxonvale vineyards which are located on the red volcanic clays of the Fordwich Sill. This is usually our first pick of the vintage to achieve a low alcohol and high natural acidity.

Winemaking

We pick the chardonnay grapes at lower sugar levels which gives fruit with crisp green apple characters and refreshing acidity. We ferment in stainless steel and then blend with wine from previous vintages to create our ‘house style’. More yeast is added to this blend which is then bottled where it undergoes secondary fermentation (to create the bubbles and keep them trapped in the bottle). The sparkling wine then stays ‘on lees’ for 18 months to develop toasty, biscuit notes.

Tasting Notes

Intensely aromatic and fresh, made from 100% chardonnay and blended from the harvest of various years to ensure consistent quality. It’s a crisp, fresh style exploding with white stone fruits, nutty complexity and green apple acidity. 

Vine Age/Clone

40yr old/Busby

Food Match

Oysters, Sashimi, Parfait

Cellaring Potential

5 to 10 + years

Wine Composition

pH                                                  3.09

Titratable Acidity                          10 g/L

Alcohol                                            12.5%

Residual Sugar                               2 g/L

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Growing Season

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Vineyard

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Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

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Wine Composition

pH                                                          3.28

Titratable Acidity                                8.7 g/L

Alcohol                                                  12.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

Vine Age

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Food Match

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Cellaring Potential

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VINEYARD

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WINEMAKING

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WINE COMPOSITION

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Titratable Acidity                                       7.5 g/L

Alcohol                                                         12 %

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50 years / Busby

FOOD MATCH

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Vineyard

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Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

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Wine Composition

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Titratable Acidity                                7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                  13.5%

Residual Sugar                                     < 1g/L

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Growing Season

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Vineyard

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Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

Vivid purple in colour as a young wine and displaying intense dark fruit aromas. The palate is rich and earthy with blackcurrant, spiced fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla bean and a touch of Chinese five-spice. The tannins are firm and structured, and the finish is long and lingering.

Wine Composition

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Titratable Acidity                                  7.1g/L

Alcohol                                                   13.5%

Residual Sugar                                       <1g/L

Food Match

Venison backstrap with beetroot puree and burnt shallots

Cellaring Potential

10 to 20 years

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