Altius Upper Yarra Cuvée 2012
Meaning ‘higher’ in Latin, Altius Upper Yarra Cuvée draws from higher altitude vineyards in the Hoddles Creek sub region of the Upper Yarra Valley, at around 400m elevation. These cooler sites consistently produce wines with complexity, fine structure and length of flavour.
During vintage, there are parcels of fruit which arrive in the winery which are undeniably superior, showing strong character, interesting complexity and compelling personality. Of course, we readily use such parcels in our Vintage wines, but sometimes it’s possible to tirage a smaller parcel as a standalone, unique cuvée. Chandon Altius Upper Yarra Cuvée 2012 represents a vinous depiction of terroir, elevation and vintage season.
On opening the wine presents with pale blonde colour with flashes of green and shows an extremely fine bead and mousse.
Fig and subtle cinnamon aromas overlay nashi pear and zesty citrus characters while the palate combines crisp nashi pear, honeycomb, cracked wheat, almond biscotti and nougat flavours with a refreshing citrus finish.
From the Hoddles Creek sub region of the Upper Yarra Valley, at around 400m elevation, where the cool evenings and greater range of temperatures ensure slow ripening and maintain bright natural acidity. Vineyards growing on rich, red ferrosol soils in the Upper Yarra deliver truly Australian flavours to this sparkling wine. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing on carefully managed vertical trellis systems naturally deliver a moderate to low yield of high intensity fruit.
Food Pairing Notes
Salmon rillettes; salt and pepper squid; ripe fromage D’Affinois
A cool, wet spring led to dry weather by late summer but the growing season remained cooler than average. Cold nights improved acid retention in the grapes and low crops levels ensured concentration of flavour. In terms of long, cool ripening and sunshine hours, 2012 was a near perfect season.