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De Bortoli Willowglen Sparkling Brut

Special Price $15.00 Regular Price $16.00
A full flavoured sparkling with lively citrus and passionfruit on the palate. The mousse is creamy and the bead quite fine. All in a cracking sparkling to serve as a starter or with antipasto.

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De Bortoli Willowglen Sparkling Brut

130km north of Adelaide (and west of the Barossa), the Clare Valley sits within a high-altitude pocket granting the vineyards cool to cold nights with long, warm to hot summer days. This cooler climate grants thin-skinned (and indeed temperamental) grapes like rieslings a perfect climate in which to mature slowly without risk of mould during the harvest season. The resulting wines are perfumed, complex, softly flavoured yet powerful. There are several sub-regions in the 35km stretch of valley, pocketed with varying soils, altitudes and climates. West-facing, high-altitude slopes benefit from drying afternoon sun in summer, producing some of the regions best vintages. The vines are planted from 400 to 500 metres (1,300 to 1,600 ft). The higher altitude, compared to other wine regions in South Australia, ensures cool nights even during the heat of summer allowing the fruit to ripen more evenly and slowly. Soil is a mix of red to brown-grey over basement rock. History The region was first planted in the 1840's by James Green, and later by Jesuit monks who fled Silesia seeking the freedom to follow their faith. The Sevenhill Cellars, which was first established by the monks, is still owned and operated by them today, producing wine for Catholic ceremonies. Visiting The favourable climate ensures riesling is the standout variety, and the Clare is regarded as the Australian home of this renowned white. Thankfully, the sub-regions also produce very high quality Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and superbly complex reds, so a visit to the region is recommended. With dozens of boutique wineries, there are plenty of cellar doors in a small area so you can sample the delicious varietal expressions of acclaimed wineries such as Tim Adams, Pikes, Taylors, just to name a few. Principal red varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. They make a range of styles of varietal wines, reflecting different approaches to winemaking as well as the influences of the various sub-regions and micro-climates in the valleys.

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Wine Specs
Variety
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Winemaker
Steve Webber
Body
Light
Sweetness
Dry
Bling
None yet but we like it!
Alcohol %
11
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
When you’ve been making wine since 1928 you get very good at it, and De Bortoli wines are exactly that with a range that spans the gamut of Australian wines and regionality. Amongst the wines is the Willowglen range, what you get is good fruit driven wines that over deliver. This is definitely the case with their Sparkling which is packed with flavor and yet managed to be quite elegant too.
Frittata
Frittata
While the Tomich Blanc de Blanc is the perfect partner to seafood and Asian cuisines, it has enough depth and complexity to pair with richer foods as well and is a great starting point to a celebratory brunch. The day after a big pizza-making dinner with friends is the perfect time for a frittata – chances are by late morning, you’ll be looking for some kind of salty comfort food that doesn’t take a lot of energy to prepare. It’s also likely that you’ll have more than a few leftovers in the fridge which have been conveniently pre-chopped, shredded and/or grated as part of your pizza prep. That’s why the other name for this dish is the ‘fridge-tata’. Weekend brunch is also a great time to crack some bubbles. In between mouthfuls of the bitey sharpness of gorgonzola and parmigiana in the frittata, the fresh and light fruitiness of the Blanc de Blanc bubbly with its hints of melon and crisp apple, turn this meal into a real taste celebration
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