NV Génisse Méthode Australis


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Heifer Station vineyard is situated between 860-900m elevation on the undulating slopes of Mt Canobolas. The high altitude and aspect of the vineyard coupled with the maturity of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at this site make for a stunning sparkling wine with great complexity. The fruit is carefully hand-picked to ensure premium quality.

During the growing season the vines are both shoot and bunch thinned by hand to reduce yield and give the fruit the best chance of ripening. The result is a small but quality crop of around 5 tonnes per hectare. Fruit was picked for the base wine in the 13 Vintage -An unseasonable, hot dry harvest. The fruit was picked in mid-February and received at the winery in excellent condition. The fruit is gently pressed to minimise extraction before being placed in 100% old French oak barrels for primary fermentation -The wine remains in barrel on lees for 1 year -It is then racked to bottle where it stays on lees for a further 18 months. Disgorgement and Dosage took place on the 15th of October 2015.

Tasting Note:

The marriage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this wine, coupled with its time on lees, has delivered a sparkling wine with great balance. The obvious yeasty complexity provides a moreish mouth feel. It is an elegant and textural sparkling wine with great length on the palate. 

50% Chardonnay 50% Pinot Noir
860-900m Elevation
12% ALC
Pastel Red to light pink
Drink now or carefully cellar for 5-10 years
100% Old French Oak

*Genisse is the French word for Heifer.

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