I like this much more now than I did a year and a half ago, soon after release. There's still lots of bright red fruit, vivid chalky minerality, and other savoury yeasty accents, but the acidity is much better integrated - it still has fantastic cut and precision on the palate, but the austerity on release has been replaced by a more graceful, polished palate presence.
Klar, gyllen, lett lakserosa. Kamfer, røde, bær, toast, flint og grapefrukt på nese med svakt hint av VA Rik og intens frukt som følger nesen.Tørr. Frisk, spiss syre. Spenstig mousse. Tørr utgang med røde bær, grapefrukt og milde toner av appelsinskall. Fin lengde.
Oi oi oi. Her skjer det mye! Rosaoransje farge. Søte kirsebær, kalk, kokte pærer, kjørvel, grapefrukt, fat og fennikelfrø. Kraftig, moden frukt og syre. Vanvittig mineralsk! Crazy shit, as. Spent på hvordan den vil utvikle seg. 94p.
A fantastic balance of acidity and fruit. The color is nearly orange and the pinot fruit shines through this wine, giving it richness and roundness to balance against the austere low-dosage style. This will surely improve with age, but it's a wonderful study of ethereal fruit at the moment.
SLDS (Rocket Restaurant - Chatswood): Colour is that of a pale Róse. Attractive nose, but difficult to pin down the aromas. Lime, lemon, sour fresh edge to the palate. Lingers well. Could last years more.
The acidity here is almost punishing at first; incredibly sharp and searing for the first few sips. But with some air this smoothens out into a remarkably compelling Champagne with one of the most vivid mineral expressions I've encountered in some time. There's also bright pear and red fruit over the stony mineral base with gentle autolytic and yeasty accents, and overall it's very well balanced and long if a touch austere right now. I'm very intrigued to see what happens to this with a few years in the cellar.
Colour: some pink hue, almost orange in colour Nose: very powerful, with ripe pears, some tropical fruit, some red berries, a hint of golden raisins, ripe oranges and a discrete oak barrel note. Palate: very concentrated, good concentration of fruit with notes of ripe fruit, ripe pears, red apples, slight sweet fruit-styled, rather high acidity, foody, with a fruity aftertaste. Summary: rather young, 91+ p.
Dinner at Cafe de HK (Cafe de HK, Balestier Road): A really young Blanc des Noirs Extra Brut sounds like a recipe for punishment, but in spite of the fact that it was really too early to be drinking this, it was actually quite enjoyable. It had a nice little nose, with a smoky, flinty lilt to it along with slightly browned apples with a whiff of cherries and strawberries alongside and some earthy, meaty notes. Interesting and complex here at least. Unsurprisingly, the palate was there less developed than the nose, certainly less complex, with primary lemony flavours at the fore with just a touch of cherry and strawberry floating about at the very extremes of the wine. The bead was very gentle, barely making itself felt, but there was nevertheless a masculine strength to the and a great sense of zip, with a mouthwatering freshness to its citrussy, lemony flavours. It was way too young, so that the acidity was a little tart at points, especially without food, but I did like the fine lines on the wine, particularly at the finish, where it showed a lovely minerally focus and definition. This was so young that I found it a bit difficult to assess properly, but it is a well-made champagne that should age very well.