'Bubble Wrap" Gourmet Traveller Wine Huon Hooke, Sophie Otton, Nick Stock, Nick
"The phenomenal rise in the quality of local sparkling wines could go untested no longer.
Our panel - Peter Bourne, Nick Bullied MW, Huon Hooke, Sophie Otton and Nick Stock - decided to put them to the test, comparing the $55 and under bracket with some of the best from overseas, including Champagne."
"Hanging Rock Macedon NV Brut Cuvée X - A deeper golden colour suggests aged reserve wine in the blend (which in fact, goes back to 1987). This is a very intense and complex wine with developed flavours, yet it's still fresh. The high acidity keeps all that flavour in check. Hooke summarized it well: "Big, very complex, with maturity on lees. Bready and biscuity nose, with some aldehyde, but fresh. Very rich, but a clean, dry, lingering finish."
This is the wine for those who value flavour more than restraint.