OCEAN AGED CUVEE BRUT 2013
KING VALLEY, VICTORIA
BRIOCHE TEXTURE MIST
CLASSIC / 750ML
Fruit sourced from the highest vineyards in Victoria and then matured in the Oceans flux for 2 years. A combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier make this a rich style of traditional method fizz. A brillant textural fizz - great things to come.
From the Producer: The bottled wine is aged on lees for a minimum five years, with 1-2 years submerged in the ocean. Unlike traditional storage, the gentle motion of ocean currents maintains the yeast lees in suspension. This enhances the maturation process producing a fresh and complex wine with incredible length and finesse. After ocean ageing, each bottle is riddled and disgorged by hand. The bottles’ exterior is preserved in its raw and unique state making each bottle one of a kind.
Glenn Eberbach is the winemaker of Prima Donna Wines and creator of its Ocean Aged Vintage Cuvée. Born and raised in the Yarra Valley, he developed an early fascination with winemaking as both an art and a science. His formative years were spent in the cellars of De Bortoli and Domaine Chandon, honing his craft and getting his hands dirty. After completing a double Bachelor in Viticulture and Winemaking he embarked on a northern hemisphere vintage as a flying winemaker.
“What started as a three month vintage became a five year adventure when Sicilian winery Barone Montalto made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. The role took me across Italy working in collaboration with a number of inspiring winemakers. It also introduced me, quite by accident, to the benefits of ageing wine in the ocean.”
Returning to Australia as a contract winemaker in the King Valley, Glenn discovered the Burder Family Vineyard and its pristine fruit for sparkling wine production. A new collaboration was born and in 2012 the first Vintage Cuvée under Prima Donna Wines was produced.
“In a year that most growers would rather forget, the Burder Vineyard produced fruit that was perfectly balanced and without blemish. I decided there and then to start creating my own wine.”
Today, Prima Donna Wines produces a Vintage Cuvée in the Méthode Traditionnelle style with fruit sourced exclusively from the Burder Vineyard. As a field blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the grapes are handpicked, whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented in French oak barriques and stirred on yeast lees for twelve months before secondary fermentation in bottle.
“Our winemaking philosophy is very much hands-off. We want to capture a time and place in bottle with minimal intervention. The vineyard and vintage conditions dictate the terms, and ultimately, the final blend that goes to bottle.”