The flagship wine. Two things stand out – the purity of the fruit and the complexity after 8 years on lees. Aromas leap out of the glass. The palate is scintillating with acidity and tension. There is also richness and depth. The texture is something that can only be achieved with patience. Dosage: 4.0g/L Tirage date: November 2010 Disgorge date: November 2018 Time on lees: 96 months
The Orange Region excels at Chardonnay so it is no surprise that the pinnacle of the Swift range is a Blanc de Blancs – 100% Chardonnay. A cool, wet growing season – fantastic for sparkling wine. Hand picked. Two things stand out – the purity of the fruit and the complexity after 10 years on lees. Aromas leap out of the glass. The palate is scintillating with acidity and tension. There is also richness and depth. This can only be achieved with patience. After 10 years the yeast from the secondary bottle fermentation have just about given everything they have to give. The more sophisticated dosage liqueur adds a new layer of texture.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Alc – 11.5% pH - 3.08 TA – 9.2gL RS - 4.0gl
After 10 years of lees ageing this wine has developed incredible complexity due to the yeast lees contact in bottle. Now that it has been disgorged it will continue develop but down a different road – more along the lines of typical bottle maturation. The freshness of the wine is fantastic. It will continue to drink well for at least another 10 years (to 2030).