This Australian Sparkling wine won a trophy awarded at the London International Wine Show recently. It was in the esteemed company of Champagne Houses such as Mumm, Taittinger and Piper Hiedsieck.
Plus the Azahara won a GOLD MEDAL at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 and caused astonishment due to its price.
Azahara Sparkling is made by Deakin Estate a big Murray Darling producer. How, you might ask, did this wine knock off the big names? By making a sensational wine using a solera system that contains six past vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit and the yeast lees to make the final blend.
Classic varieties, early picking, gentle processing of exclusively free run juice, fine attention to juice composition and clarity, cold and slow fermentation with classic sparkling wine yeast and then extended yeast lees aging.
Colour: Pale straw with a deliciously fine bead.
Nose: Elegant and complex with lemon, light malt and fresh bread aromas.
Palate: Bright acidity balanced by a creamy, malty body with fresh lemon, Camembert and bready flavours and a good lengthy finish. A fine persistent mousse.
Truly remarkable value.
Ray Jordan, West Australian, 31 October 2013
This humble little $14 sparkling wine made by the charmat, or tank-fermentation method, won a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Not bloody bad and the wine is damn good. Creamy, mealy almond and stone fruit with a persistent finish. And all from fruit grown on a desert. 92/100