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2012 Champagne Thienot Penfolds Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Cuvee Gift Box

 Introducing a limited release Champagne to toast 175 years of winemaking endeavours. We have re-ignited our love affair with France, a special place for Penfolds, where winemaker Max Schubert was inspired to create Grange. Partnered with Thiénot, a respected player in the world of Champagne, Penfolds instigated hands-on involvement throughout the tirage storage to create an extraordinary 2012 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée.

A Champagne worthy of celebrating our past, present and future.
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$200.00 per Bottle
Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 6.
Vintage 2012
Wine Style Champagne
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Australia
Ageability now till 2040
Size 750 ml
Tasting Notes
Colour
An inviting pale straw hue, not quite yet revealing or reflecting expectant tints of yellow/gold.
Nose
An immediate statement, perhaps proclamation – at once alluring, rich, opulent, majestic. Complex yet pure. Where to start? Outdoors – subtle fresh tobacco leaf, freshly cut hay, unfurled honeysuckle. Indoors – scents of crème brûlée, pomme au four, toffee-apple. Sitting in glass – Chalk/Champagne/Classic.
Palate
Even and assured all the way across palate. Tension on finish. Contentment thereafter. A fruited-sweet attaque ... and then that seductive acidity – not camouflaged by a dosage at only 4 g/L. Moreover delicate, not minimalist. Faintly recognisable pecan and Brazil nut, apple and spice. Refreshingly expressive. Complete. Pure. Latent.
Vineyard Notes
Apart from a few days of extremely cold weather in early February, it would be fair to say that Champagne benefitted from a mild, if not rather wet, 2011/2012 winter. The weather then proceeded to warm up very quickly, creating an almost summer-like March (i.e. sunny, warm and dry). On average, budburst occurred at the end of March, approximately two weeks earlier than usual. Cold conditions returned in April, with temperatures falling below 0°C across ten nights. Dry conditions assisted to limit damage, although spring frosts still destroyed a part of the crop, particularly during the nights of April 16th and 17th. From May until mid-July, the weather remained cool and wet, which slowed the growth of the vines. August delivered terrific weather.
Perfect warm and dry conditions during the last weeks of ripening paved the way for a relaxed harvest of sound and impressive fruit. Optimal levels of ripeness were availed and picking commenced on 12th September. Although the 2012 harvest was not huge, it will certainly set a new benchmark and a legacy of long-lived wines.
Production Notes
Origin: Champagne, France. Vineyard Regions; Vertus (25%), Verzenay (15%), Mesnil-sur-Oger (15%), Tauxieres (15%), Aÿ (10%), Cramant (10%), Cumières (5%), Avenay Val d’Or (5%).
Disgorge Date: 15 October 2018.
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.5%, Acidity: 6.7g/L, pH: 3.02, Dosage: 4g/L, MLF: 100%.
Variety: 50% Chardonnay (Vertus, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant), 50% Pinot Noir (Verzenay, Tauxieres, Aÿ, Cumières, Avenay Val d’Or).
Winemaker Notes
“Whilst the singularly expressive & acutely defined siblings, 2012 Blanc de Noirs & 2012 Blanc de Blancs, play their role in this trio’s inaugural release, this cuvée synergistically creates its own stage, commanding its own space. What is so obvious from the first sip & sniff – time will be kind to this wine. A revelational journey awaits.”
PETER GAGO,
PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER
 
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