Solid gold sparkler
Gembrook 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
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