Australian born Kate Laurie is a classically trained (Champagne) winemaker and her skills are evident here. The blend is made up of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay selected from the high altitude (600m) southern facing vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. The base wine went through malo-lactic fermentation prior to extended ageing on lees in the bottle. The result is a finely textured and balanced sparkling wine showing excellent bead and subtle complexity. Flavours of fresh bread, granny smith apples and strawberries abound with a crisp hazelnut finish. The 2009 vintage recently won the best sparkling wine in Australia at the 2012 Sydney International show, and this vintage shows similar promise. Drink now to 2022. 5 stars.