2011 Black Stat Vintage Brut
This is the fantastic 2011 BLACK STAR Vintage Brut! This is the first bubbles from Waitaki natural-wine-newcomers Black Star who have been making waves since they first onto the scene almost a year ago. This wine dates from before the start of the project and is wine originally made by Black Star's parent company Pasquale (whose logo is, you guessed it, a black star). This wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier which has been grown on deep limestone and has been aged for 5 years on lees before being disgorged with a small dosage of 5g/l. The extended lees aging gives it richness and depth but the lime expression (remember Champagne is predominantly limestone substrate) gives it palate cleansing acidity, nerve, and focus. It is one of the few kiwi sparklers to be grown on these soil types and is an incredibly unique, dynamic terroir expression.