2011 Beltana Blanc de Blancs LD MAGNUM
The Beltana is produced using 100% Chardonnay grapes selected from the cool south-facing slopes high in the Adelaide Hills. Ageing for five years on lees adds complex nut and toasty hints to the fresh citrus and green apple aromas. The palate is long and full, yet with the signature Deviation Road crisp, mouth-watering finish. A persistent fine bead and creamy mousse gives extra lift to these delicious aromas and flavours.
Each parcel was handpicked and whole bunch pressed separately into tank for settling. Fermentation of these small batches lasted around 12 days and the wines in 2009 all went through malo-lactic ferment over winter to soften the acidity. Careful blending of the base wines was carried out in early spring before tirage (bottling).
After a minimum of 5 years ageing on lees, each bottle has been riddled and hand disgorged on site in our Longwood winery. Small batches are disgorged at a time to allow the remaining bottles to continue ageing on lees as long as possible. The dosage liquor added at disgorging is crafted using a blend of base wines and is then aged for a minimum of 12 months.
Located high (550m) in the Lenswood district of the Adelaide Hills on Deviation Road, this 25 year old vineyard consistently produces outstanding Chardonnay for sparkling wine.