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Solid gold sparkler

Genbrook-Hill-Blanc-de-Blanc-2011Gembrook Hill Blanc de Blancs 2011, Yarra Valley, AUD $56

From a crook year for red wines but a blinder for sparkling, this is a great bubbly. Nougat, almond meal, meringue aromas, blending freshness and delicacy with complexity of character. Lemon-zesty acidity, tremendous length and wonderful balance. A great aperitif style. (Diam)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view on HuonHooke.com

Alcohol: 11.5%

Ageing: Best now to five years.

Food: Freshly shucked oysters.

Stockists: www.gembrookhill.com.au ; Prince Wine Store, Zetland (NSW) & South Melbourne (Vic.)

Ranked #2 of 58 2011 Chardonnay tasted from Yarra Valley

Price Benchmark: AUD $58.37 Avg 96pt 2011 Chardonnay tasted from Australia

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