NV Taylors Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut Cuvée

Let’s face it.  We are so, so spoilt when it comes to sparkling wine in this country (among other varieties of course).  At all price points the quality is mostly pretty good.  No wonder it’s so popular.  Taylors have served up another that may sit at the cheaper end but matches many at twice the price…easily.

How cool is it what they’ve done with the bottle?  Wrapping it up like they have.  It definitely caught my attention.

I’ve no idea of the split with the varieties but Pinot Noir gets first mention so I assume that’s the dominant variety.  Chardonnay is the only other variety mentioned so I reckon these two make up most, if not all, of the mix.

The bubbles, or mousse as it’s sometimes known, didn’t seem to hang around long.  It was like they had better things to do and I think they did.  I’ll let you know in a minute.

Flavours and aromas were unmistakable.  Really fresh and vibrant, it throws everything citrus at you, and your smell and taste senses can’t help but take them in.  This is where the mousse I mentioned earlier seems to have integrated in some way and added to the liveliness.  Wait for it.  It doesn’t stop there.

Act two seems to begin as Act one fades away proudly.  Lovely fruit on the palate, really soft and creamy.  It’s sort of like ‘peaches and vanilla ice cream’ sweet but not too sweet.  That sounds odd, and fair enough, but there is a spice or savoury hint that seems to counter this or balance it out more the point.

The citrus and spritzy bubbles hang around at the finish making it a blend of everything you’d want in an expensive bottle of sparkling wine let alone one at this price.  I can see this creating big gaps in bottle shop shelves regardless of its competition.


Region: Clare Valley      Price: $20      Source: Sample

Taylors Sparkling

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