SOLD OUT! The palate opens strongly with a racy combination of tartness and foam which swirl round the mouth like tidal wash in a south coast rock pool, cleansing the taste buds with the efficiency of lime sorbet. Traditional apple cider and Manuka honey spread intently over the tongue with flavours that are incredibly pure yet as complex, powerful and pitch-perfect as the beautiful song of the tiny Bellbird. The minimal level of residual sweetness hides coyly behind a paragon of jaw clenching acidity while a reassuringly firm structure backstop conveys a no-nonsense approach. The majority of the action is up front yet a decidedly biscuity complexity ensures the flavours persists long after swallowing. Truly a wine to enjoy from dawn to dusk!.
The La Michelle has a very delicate partridge-eye blush due to the slight skin contact given to some batches of the Pinot Noir prior to pressing. The wine bursts forth with pleasure and pain as the bursting bubbles sting the nose and carry forth primary fruit characters of tayberry, glacé cherry and soft rose petal florals. In behind this and of far more importance is the raft of secondary aromas. Sticky ginger bread, dried leafy tobacco and half baked yeasty aromas impart a warmth which is almost edible as it issues steaming Bovril tea, charcoal roasted nuts and an irresistible pain Abu chocolate character. Finally, notes of split kid leather and thick mushroom risotto suggest that if the complexity were any more concentrated, it would go cross-eyed!
This La Michelle 2012 was harvested 15-18 March 2012 at 20.5 to 221˙Bx. Bottling date was 19 Oct 2012 and finally, disgorged on the 8 March 2015. This delightful sparkling wine is going to cellar exceptionally well for the next 1-4 years.
In The Spotlight
This 2012 vintage is rated 93/100 by Bob Campbell.
|Varietal||66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay|
|Harvest Date||15-18 March 2012|
|Bottling Date||Bottling Date 19 October 2012, Disgorging Date 8 March 2015|
|RS (Residual Sugar)||4g/L|
|TA (Total acidity)||7.65g/L|
Margrain Vineyard LaMichelle Methode Traditionelle 2012
- Producer: Margrain Vineyard
- Region: Martinborough, New Zealand
- Availability: Pre-Order