Wagtail Sparkling 2017

Wagtail Sparkling 2017


The Willy Wagtail is so named for the mischievous native bird that frolics around the grounds of Longview.

The wine is infinitely more serious: estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is blended and made Méthode Traditionelle, with 12 months on triage. The wine displays lifted honeysuckle and citrus blossom, complemented by delicate aromas of strawberry and brioche. The palate displays fresh green apple and strawberry with a tantalising mousse. Firm acidity balances this wine to a crisp, clean finish.

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This, Méthode Traditionnelle wine, displays a lift of honeysuckle and citrus blossom giving way to delicate aromas of pink lady apples, strawberries and subtle brioche characters. The palate is well-structured with great acid and texture. A tantalizing mousse with crunchy green-apple and strawberry flavours, and the natural acidity gives the wine a taut and clean finish.

2017 was a very cool vintage with intermittent rainfall, prolonging the ripening period enabling good fruit flavor development without high sugars. Bunch thinning at veraison ensured improved airflow and reduced bunch variability further improving fruit quality. Hand harvested in early morning, we preserved the delicate fruit flavours invaluable to this style and variety.

The wine undergoes passive oxidative handling throughout pressing to decrease phenolics. Fermented in small batch lots at low temperatures to maintain fruit and characteristics of our specific terroir. Non-malolactic fermentation maintains the succulent acidity. Aged on lees post primary fermentation for 3 months in stainless steel tanks with regular batonage to add texture to the base wine. The wine is then blended, stabilised, triaged and aged on lees for a further 18 months in bottle. Longview Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay will age for 5 to 8 years.

2016 Wagtail Sparkling

Bronze Medal – 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Blend 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay
Alcohol 12.0%
pH 3.32
Total Acidity 8.2 g/L
Dosage 7.0 g/L
Triage 12 Months
Disgorged 3rd December 2018


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