The fruit for this wine comes entirely from the dry-grown Casuarina Vineyard, planted in 1990. The Casuarina Vineyard in located on Hermitage Road, only a couple of hundred metres north of our iconic HVD Vineyard. The sandy, alluvial soils at Casuarina are ideal for growing super-premium whites.
2015 was a long, cool growing season that saw abundant rain during spring and early summer. Fortunately, the weather cleared up over Christmas and into harvest in January. This timing allowed the early ripening Chardonnay blocks, destined for sparkling wine production, to develop ideal fruit characteristics at lower sugar levels, with a high acidity.
100% Chardonnay fruit from the Casuarina Vineyard. Handpicked on 14 January 2015 and hand sorted in the vineyard. The fruit was then lightly pressed before primary fermentation in stainless steel at the Tyrrell’s Estate winery. The wine then spent approximately nine months of gross lees before undergoing tirage bottling on-site at Tyrrell’s winery, by Chief Winemaker Andrew Spinaze and the winery team in November 2015. Secondary fermentation took place in the bottle with a specific yeast strain for sparkling, hand selected by Andrew Spinaze to give purity, freshness, brightness and complexity to the resulting wine. The wine then spent approximately 8 years on lees before being disgorged in June 2023. The disgorging liqueur was house made using aged (23-year-old) Vat 47 Chardonnay stock and a 10-year-old brandy spirit. This vintage Blanc de Blancs is a purely estate grown, made and produced premium sparkling wine and represents the epitome of sparkling winemaking at Tyrrell’s.
Alcohol – 12.0%