Schramsberg, Reserve, Champagne Blend, North Coast, 2008
| ABV 12.5%
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‘Reserve’ is Schramsberg’s top Pinot Noir-focused wine. Made in tiny quantities, this richly flavoured and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. Small amounts of chardonnay are added, lending additional backbone and length to the palate and barrel-fermented lots are also layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Each bottle is aged on the lees for over seven years, affording the development of seasoned, roasted and caramelized richness. The 2008 Reserve exhibits bursting, fruitful aromas of red apple, caramelized pear and lemon, underpinned with touches of toffee, honey and candied pecan. Flavours of baked orange cake, vanilla custard, and shortbread cookie are followed by developed notes of hot toast, cracker and cinnamon. The palate is rich on entry with a dense structure supported by long, mouth-watering acidity.