While a doyen of France’s iconic Champagne region, Champagne Devaux was nevertheless homeless in Australia up until 1993. It was at this point that the French vintner partnered with our own Yering Station to produce Yarrabank, a label that is now often referred to as Australia’s blue riband vintage sparkling wine.
A mix of 53% chardonnay and 47% pinot noir, you can rely on every Yarrabank vintage to offer delicate fruit, perky acidity and a crunchy freshness in equal measure. The 2011 Cuvee is no different, although a fine shoelace of minerality weaves its way through this particular blend.
While hovering over the glass you’ll be simultaneously hit with the tartness of grapefruit and the creaminess of whisked egg whites. Upon touching the palate you’ll get the sense that the instant dryness and acidity could cut through even the largest of ceremonial ribbons, although the vintage’s richness and complexity will soon calm nervous tastebuds.
Its 2011 Cuvee reaffirms Yarrabank’s place at the very summit of the Australian sparkling wine landscape. Upon popping the cork this magnificent drop is best enjoyed in combination with freshly shucked oysters, or oily meats such as duck.
The average price per bottle is only available in a case of 6.