Wolf Blass Red Label Chardonnay Pinot Noir Premium Cuvée NV has been named by Tyson Stelzer, Australia's foremost reviewer of sparkling wines, as his Sparkling Wine of the Year Under $20 in Tyson Stelzer's Australian Sparkling Report 2016. Tyson awarded the wine 91 points, a category he considers "better than good, offering an edge of distinction", and a point score awarded to only 5% of Australian sparkling wines.
Tyson Stelzer’s sparkling wine of the year under $20
Wolf Blass Red Label Chardonnay Pinot Noir Premium Cuvée NV
$14 | South-Eastern Australia | Cork | 11% alcohol | Drink 2016
All things considered, this would have to be the most important wine in this report. All snobbery aside, this is singly the wine I recommend more often than any other for big receptions where budget is everything. It’s a refreshingly balanced style that showcases the lemon, pear and peach flavours of young chardonnay and pinot noir to compelling effect, with a hint of honey and a shake of spice, culminating in a finish drawn out by well-defined acidity, nicely integrated dosage and surprising balance and appeal for the bottom shelf. Long the best sub-$10 sparkling on the shelves (with recent street prices as low as $6), this release secures Red Label’s position for another year.
This exceptional result is testament to our winemakers' blending skills, and the high standards set by our team from grape to glass at all quality levels. Congratulations to our viticulture and winemaking teams.
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