Well, I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I really do judge a book by its cover. And even more often? A wine by its label. Sadly, it doesn’t always pay to be so quick to judge on the surface alone. But when your sense of the suave, your eye for the ebullient, and your fussiness for the fabulous matches the glorious contents inside… well, it’s game, set, match in my books.
I’ll not deny that when I saw the label for this little number, I was razzle-bedazzled into trying it. And thank my lucky stars it didn’t let me down.
Hailing from Frazer Woods winery in Willyabrup, Margaret River in Western Australia, this wine is all about aromatic complexity and intense flavour with minimal intervention. Owners John and Jan were inspired by renowned winemaker Harold Osborne whose aim was to perfect the art new world sparkling.
This 100% Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc is delightful. Expect a straw-coloured number that tiptoes on the tongue with buttery, biscuity notes. A dry finish rounds out the flavour, leaving a hint of crisp juicy citrus on the palate with fine-textured bubbles to savour. Crafted by the méthode traditionelle, this wine has spent between five -to eight years on lees.
A perfect date to bring along to dinner or to celebrate an afternoon birthday. I’d also recommend to drink a glass while reading a book that is as beautiful as this wine’s label and with a protagonist as complex as the flavours.
We’ve almost said goodbye to the last days of summer. To keep the feeling going, I’d pair this fizz with a fable that spirits you away to a summery, wind-swept island in the sun. Where gods and goddesses roam supreme and magic dances on crystal blue shorelines.
I am, of course, thinking of the book Circe, by Madeline Miller. The fable of all fables.
Fable and Fizz would like to acknowledge the Whadjuck Noongar people as the traditional owners and continual custodians on the lands and waters this content is primarily written on. I pay respects to their Elders — past and present. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.