Wines

2016 RIKARD Cuvée

$85.00
$72.25

Our first RIKARD sparkling wine release!

 

This cuvée is a 50:50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made in a traditional “grower style” from fruit picked in the 2016 vintage.

 

It has a slightly riper spectrum of fruit flavours with many layers of complexity gained from 12 months barrel ageing and lees stirring, wild yeast fermentation, a portion of malolactic fermentation and from extended bottle age en tirage.

 

Dosage at disgorgement was with zero sugar. We did however add a very small amount of Armagnac and Fino sherry at the end for yet more layers of interest.

 

This is a sparkling which can be enjoyed cold and as an aperitif, but we’re enjoying it slightly warmer, in a larger glass and once the bubbles have dissipated a little.

590 in stock

Description

Colour: Pale straw with a fine bead.

 

Nose: Melon, pear and citrus fruit aromas up front, followed by a hint of nuttiness and straw. Toasty lees characters emerge once the bead dies down and the wine warms up. Lovely complex nose and a hint of aldehyde.

 

Palate: A dry palate with lovely limey acidity. The mid palate is fleshed out by 4 years on lees, adding a toasted bread flavour and chewy texture. Fruit characters are as described on the nose but with some jasmine and a salty minerality in amongst them. The wine finishes savoury and nutty with a touch of phenolic grip.

 

Winemaking notes:

  • Picked by hand late Feb 2016 into 10kg baskets
  • 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
  • Chilled overnight then pressed cold.
  • Long, slow, gentle press cycle, extracting approximately 525L juice per tonne of fruit.
  • Settled overnight in tank then racked to barrel
  • Allowed to warm naturally before wild yeast fermentation kicking off spontaneously.
  • Fermentation in old French oak barriques with lees stirring every few weeks for 12 months.
  • Tiraged May 2017
  • 54 Months on lees (Disgorged Nov 2021)
  • Dosed with a touch of Fino Sherry and Armagnac at disgorgement.