Coates The Blanc de Blancs 2016 (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)
"Across a four-month tsunami of tasting, not once did I come across a range of wines as unequivocally delicious as that from Duane Coates. I am speaking of each cuvée, meticulously crafted by a modest man with ample foreign experience up his sleeve, along with the academic moxie demanded by his Master of Wine studies and his recent inauguration to the Institute. From Nebbiolo and Chardonnay, to the most exciting sparkling wine yet tasted from these shores, these are wines that push boundaries as much as they sit in the mouth with an uncanny effortlessness ... before the bottle is gone" - Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Winemaker of the Year Judge
Crafted as a study in elegance and refinement, the Coates Blanc de Blancs 2016 starts with hand-picked Adelaide Hills Chardonnay that is natural yeast fermented in seasoned French oak barrels and held on full yeast and malo lees for 18 months. Method Traditionelle fermentation follows with three years lees ageing in bottle. Disgorged in late November 2020 with zero dosage, no filtration and no additives apart from minimal SO2.