Piccadilly Vineyards 2016
"Piccadilly Circus" Blanc de Blancs
A crisp, clean, cool climate Blanc de Blancs with gentle flavours of citrus and cashew. Piccadilly Circus displays a great persistence of flavour and balance.
The exceptional 2016 growing season gave us a remarkable crop of Chardonnay grapes. Our harvest began much earlier than in previous years with hand picking for our Blanc de Blancs taking place on the 25th of February. The juice Baume had reached 10.8 degrees for the I10 clone and 11.6 degrees for the Mendoza (Gin Gin) clone with their titratable acid levels at 12.1g/L and 10.1g/L respectively.
Our handpicked grapes were whole bunch pressed then underwent primary fermentation in old oak. At tirage in December 2016 the base wine was transferred into bottles for secondary fermentation. The disgorgement that we are drinking now has been ageing for 20 months to create this stunning methode traditionelle sparkling.
About Piccadilly Vineyards
Piccadilly Vineyard is a boutique Chardonnay vineyard situated in the heart of the Piccadilly Valley between Stirling and Summertown in the Adelaide Hills. At 470m above sea level the climate is perfect for Chardonnay with cool nights and warm days. Planting began in 1987 with the Mendoza clone and continued with I10V1 clone and more recently with a parcel of G9V7 clone.
Mark and Ali Lewis enjoyed their first vintage in Piccadilly in 2014 and since then have made huge strides improving vine health and crop quality in their vineyard, culminating in "Piccadilly Circus Blanc de Blancs Sparkling 2016" of which encompasses the ethos that the best wines are made in the vineyard.