Tyson Stelzer's - Australian Sparkling Wine Report 2016
Hanging Rock Macedon Brut Cuvée IX Late Disgorged NV $115
Macedon | DIAM | 12% alcohol | Drink 2016
Hanging Rock is an unabashed, no-holds-barred, full-bodied Australian sparkling, ready for main course fare. Its late disgorged rendition is a celebration of all the power and complexity of the 1997 base vintage (50%) and an equal proportion of reserves spanning a decade (1996 back to 1987), all aged for two years in old oak (containing the lees of many previous vintages), followed by sixteen years on lees in bottle, no less. A blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, its age, barrel and lees treatment make it predictably savoury, toasty and secondary, with remarkable spicy complexity and heightened lees character reminiscent of Vegemite, culminating in a very long, dry finish (2g/L dosage) laced with great lees texture.
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