Cloth Label ‘Late Disgorged’ Sparkling 2004

Cloth Label ‘Late Disgorged’ Sparkling 2004

It seems only fitting that Moorilla Estate should release a sparkling wine under the Cloth Label to observe, celebrate and pay tribute to fifty years of wine production there. Moorilla Estate Cloth Label Sparkling is a blend of two parcels of pinot noir comprising 64% of the blend, and two parcels of chardonnay. All the fruit is from their estate-owned St. Matthias vineyard in the Tamar Valley on the western banks of the river.

This small reserve of sparkling wine has been quietly aging for nearly a decade in their cellars. Conor van der Reest has added just a touch of young liqueur base from the 2013 vintage to enliven and gently soften the wine’s dryness at disgorgement. With a miniscule 4 grams per litre of residual sugar and no malolactic fermentation, the vintage’s austere, fine-boned structure has been retained, making it the perfect aperitif-style sparkling wine.

With hints of meyer lemon and white blossom on the nose, and faint notes of honeycomb and dry straw, the extended time on lees has evinced nuances of nougat and blanched almond, with subtle flavours of poached apple and green pears. The texture is delicate and creamy, and it finishes fine and long with succulent natural acidity and a bracing quartz-like minerality.

Sophie Otton, April 2014