2011 Josef Chromy Sparkling
Pale straw with fine active beading
Fresh bread crust, lemon, green apples and yeast extract.
Crisp green apple and citrus flavours give freshness and vibrancy to the palate. Toasty and crushed nut complexity comes from five years ageing on yeast lees prior to disgorging. Fine structure, freshness, elegance and delicacy is underpinned by natural acidity which gives length and balance.
Hand picked grapes are whole bunch pressed and the free run juices are assembled prior to fermentation. Primary fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks with a neutral yeast strain and no malolactic fermentation to ensure the retention of acidity for long term ageing. The wine is stabilised prior to re-inoculation with the same yeast strain for bottle fermentation. The wine is aged in bottle with its yeast lees for 5 years prior to disgorging to aid texture development and complexity. A light dosage is employed to retain crispness and length.
We have cellared the wine for 6 years so that it can be enjoyed now, however further bottle age will reward those who enjoy the complex toasty characters developed by further ageing.