Henschke | Johanne Ida Selma | Blanc de Noir MD | Multi-vintage
Rarely do you see or better, taste an Australian sparkling wine that has been aged for 18 years prior to release. The talented team at Henschke have created something truly unique. This is a Blanc de Noirs sourced from the higher altitude sites in Lenswood, Piccadilly Valley. 'MD' stands for 'Mature disgorged' and it has multiple vintages blended in.
What we think ... Red apple skin, perfumed black fruit, black raspberry, damson plum, blueberries and spicy vanilla on the nose. The palate is dry, fresh and luscious. Some smoky-berry coming through and silky soft texture via the lees.
We love the little tannin showing itself and the juicy, clean acids dancing on the palate with forest berries and pastry. Elegant and powerful.
Have with duck pancakes hoisin sauce. Tastes even better the next day.
100% Pinot Noir | Sourced from Lenswood | 18 years on lees | Hand-selected pinot noir was whole-bunch pressed, settled, cool fermented | Full malolactic fermentation | Bottle fermented and left on lees in bottle to age | Multiple vintages from 1997 to 2013 were combined in an assemblage style blend | Multi-vintage, mature disgorged (MD) blanc de noir | The wine is sealed under a stainless steel closure to allow the wine to knit together and retain its bottle-age complexity | PH 3.2% | Acidity 7.2 g/l | 750 ml | 12.5% abv
Awards & Reviews
"This is a beautifully characterful, expressive and powerful blanc de noirs that masterfully captures the depth of pinot noir and the tension of the heights of Lenswood. Pinot noir speaks in a deep voice of satsuma plums, black cherries and layers of mixed spice, riding a line of focused, finely poised acidity." - 94 points, Tyson Stelzer