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Krug Vintage Brut, Champagne 2003 $350-$438 This special occasion Champagne miraculously shows none of the negative effects of the hot 2003 summer. Classic Krug biscuit, toasted bread and peanut brittle aromas, mellow and very complex. Powerful, intense, full-bodied but still light on its feet. Very dry, with

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Howard Park Jete Rosé Methode Traditionelle, Mt Barker NV $34 This tidy pinot noir chardonnay blend has spent 18 months on its yeast lees. It has a light salmon-pink colour and a savoury bouquet with strawberry hints and a softly rich, rounded palate with generous

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The Wine Society Directors’ Selection Grande Cuvee, King Valley 2010 $27.75 With its youthful light yellow hue and vigorous mousse, this is a pristine young bubbly with subtle straw and nougat aromas, restrained and smooth in the mouth, with a clean and very long, dry

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Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvee Blanc De Blancs, Pyrenees 2010 $29 A stylish blanc de blancs (chardonnay) style, with a bright, light yellow colour and a mass of fine bubbles. Its fresh creamy fruit aromas recall straw/hay, meringue and cashew, with a flash of peach. It’s

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Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Champagne NV $87 The bouquet is fresh and clean and yet shows some mellow aged characters; the palate is rich and soft as well as vivacious, with lively acidity in good balance. Lovely harmony and length, with a satisfying aftertaste. 12 per

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Pirie Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Tasmania NV $25 With a light-straw colour, this exemplary non-vintage style has a complex cracked-yeast bouquet and is clean and full of character, thanks to some older reserve wine in the blend. It’s rich and full of flavour yet also

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Bloodwood Chirac, Orange 2007 $40 This is a generous sparkling wine showing richness and character from time on lees. With a full yellow colour, its bouquet is toasty, slightly smoky and mellow while the palate is soft, dry and mature, with low dosage and a

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Bruno Paillard Reserve Privee Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV, Champagne $140 This pure chardonnay Champagne has a mid-straw colour and a wonderfully complex, mellow bouquet of toasted-bread, nougat, candied lemon and grapefruit peel. In the mouth it’s beautifully textured, smooth and supple, finishing clean

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Franck Bonville Avize Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Champagne 2006 $117 Light yellow hue; a complex bouquet with attractive yeastiness and a hint of dried-pineapple aged character, also straw, cream and toast nuances. Full, soft and ample in the mouth, rounded and easygoing, with lovely

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Drappier Signature Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV $44 This is a serious Champagne, not-so seriously priced. It’s dry, complex and shows surprising character. There’s a touch of appley aldehyde and some bready cracked-yeast notes, and it’s nutty and toasty with some lemon and crumbled-biscuit characters.