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Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2009 Chirac (12 bottle case)

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Sensational quality wine from the Orange, NSW wine growing region.

2009 Chirac (12 bottle case)

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2009 Chirac (12 bottle case)

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Glowing green-gold with a brioche-like complexity underlying the bright and refreshing fruit along its zesty palate, the persistent mousse and lively flavours complete the long and balanced mouth feel of this satisfying Chirac. Enjoy the freshness and discover the richness of texture so much a part of this wine. 

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1st disgorgement August 2014 64 months on lees
 

Vineyard

Grapes for this sparkling style come from the lowest points of the Chardonnay and Schubert vineyards as well as the entire 1984 planting of Pinot Noir. We use the fruit from these areas because it is usually slightly higher in acid than the balance of the blocks and as a result the juice expression is of fruit freshness rather than varietal expression. We only attempt a “Chirac” in the cooler years at Bloodwood.

The grapes

We aim for 10 Be and 10g/l acid. As with all Bloodwood wines, the fruit is hand picked and sorted if necessary and immediately processed at the winery. The Pinot component which is usually around 30% provides the mouth-feel we need to balance the somewhat racy Chardonnay fruit. 

Vintage Conditions

2009 is amongst the best growing of the recent seasons we've experienced at Bloodwood. Very good winter and spring rains eased off in-mid summer to a cool, dry and calm ripening phase which allowed us to pick perfect fruit. These ideal conditions allowed for the delicacy and aromatics of each variety to be fully expressed. In the winery, it soon became obvious that fruit quality was above average with good acid/fruit balance which has followed through into the wines. Hand-picking of the fruit for the base wine for this wine took place on 10th March 2009.

Winemaking

Whole bunch pressing until just before the first awkward phenolics appear usually yields around 480 to 500 litres per tonne. We handle the juice quite oxidatively and cool ferment it to dryness aiming for a total SO2 of less than 40 ppm with around 15 or so free. Post ferment racking to clean stainless steel and a little very old, very clean white French oak then follows prior to tirage and secondary ferment. The tiraged wine lingers for a minimum of 60 months on lees before it is disgorged and liquered as necessary for you to enjoy. This all is a very expensive, risky and time consuming activity which means we accept the Bloodwood Chirac as a loss leader in our portfolio. Doesn't all that sound like we know what we are real business people who know what we are talking about? If only I understood the meaning of the word “charmat?”

Wine Analysis

pH 2.94

Acidity 10.5 g/l

Alc/Vol 11.5%

Tasting Notes

Glowing green-gold with a brioche-like complexity underlying the bright and refreshing fruit along its zesty palate, the persistent mousse and lively flavours complete the long and balanced mouth feel of this satisfying Chirac. Enjoy the freshness and discover the richness of texture so much a part of this wine.