NV The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin
100% McLaren Vale Chambourcin
The Story Behind The Name
Surrounded by peppermint gums, the block that was replanted in 1989 to Chambourcin, which is a hybrid variety, has proven itself as a successful variety for red wine production. When the fruit is picked fully ripe it retains high levels of natural acidity during fermentation and its flavour profile stays very dry. The Peppermint Paddock Chambourcin possesses all the hallmarks of the variety; an abundance of colour, flavour, tannin and acid, perfect for a sparkling red wine.
Upon release this wine exhibits a deep appearance of vibrant black, crimson-purple mousse with a fine persistent bead that looks simply inviting. The aroma is initially restrained but as it opens up the level of fruit richness and concentration becomes quite obvious. The aromas are dry, dominated with a mix of liquorice and spiced plum pudding notes with a sweet seductive array of small red berries such as mulberries and raspberries. As the wine further opens up really super concentrated red fruit characters develop such as maraschino cherry, prune juice and boysenberry. The palate is cool, rich and dry and extremely refreshing with an abundant red fruit flavours, mixed with dried herb notes and edges of tarry tannins and mineral-like acidity. The finish is dry but with plenty of strong red fruit flavours that linger for some time, which is just what a wine with this sort of concentration should have. Delicious drinking now but this wine has the capacity to bottle age, in which the level of richness will increase as the fruit and tannins further combine. If drinking now, it works a treat with anything from a rich spicy dish such as a curry that has plenty of heat, or just on its own.