There are just a handful of producers in the Whitlands growing region of Australia, part of King Valley in Victoria. The high altitude–one of the highest grape growing areas in Australia–and continental climate are what inspired winemaker Neil Prentice to try growing Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris here.
Of his Blanc de Noir, Prentice says: “Since 2008 I have been picking Pinot Noir for sparkling base with a desire to producing an über dry, aperitif style Méthode Champenoise Blanc de Noir. I wanted to contrast the high natural acidity with the breadth of Pinot Noir and add complexity through using a funky base wine. The base wines are stored as a Solera on lees without sulphur, allowing the base to become aldehydic and gaining autolysed lees flavors of brioghe and sourdough.”
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir