In the 1960s, Moët & Chandon began exploring the potential for producing world class sparkling wines outside France. Having established successful Chandon Estates in Argentina, Brazil and California, they saw the opportunity to produce a premium quality sparkling wine in Australia.
During the mid-eighties, a group of Australian wine experts were engaged to find an ideal site for growing traditional cool climate champagne grape varieties. Nestling in the Yarra Valley, they found an old dairy farm named ‘Green Point’ with the perfect combination of cool climate and great soil. Since 1986, this has been the site of Domaine Chandon.
In addition to the Yarra Valley site, Domaine Chandon established a vineyard about 150km north in the Strathbogie Ranges. The Chandon winemaking team also works with over 30 grape growers from the best cool climate regions from Victoria, Tasmania and beyond. The geographical diversity of the grape sourcing helps produce complexity and structure, trademark characteristics that have seen Chandon become recognised as Australia’s benchmark producer of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines.
By the early 1990s, the Chandon winemaking team began producing small quantities of still wines, primarily for Cellar Door. They sourced grapes from some of the exceptional Victorian vineyards which supplied fruit for Chandon sparkling wines.
A classic Yarra Valley Chardonnay with aromas of citrus and stone fruits. White peach and nectarine characters are layered with hints of dried figs on the nose. The palate is focussed and bright, with almond nougat and cashew flavours adding further layers. Barrel fermentation, ageing and lees stirring play a subtle role, building texture and complexity. Delicate acidity builds length supporting the vibrant fruit characters.
Delicate garnet in colour, this Pinot Noir shows red cherry and raspberry aromatics, with layers of sweet spices and red fruits. The palate reveals further dark cherry and kirsch flavours. Pure Pinot Noir characters are supported by complex cinnamon and nutmeg spice flavours. Oak is seamlessly woven into the wine, with hints of char and subtle vanillin building on the spice profile in the fruit. Fine, supple tannins support the delicate acidity giving the wine great length of flavour. Our Pinot Noir is an expression of Yarra Valley Pinot Noir in a cooler year, with delicate and pure flavours, length of palate and finesse.
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