Our Non Vintage Blanc de Blancs was made entirely from selected Chardonnay parcels from within our Bowral vineyards in the Southern Highlands, and is only made in small quantities when the fruit quality is exceptional.
Every vine is hand pruned and cropped very lightly, the fruit hand–picked and sorted, and then minimally handled in our state-of-the-art winery. The many individual base wines are aged until they harmonise and reveal their true character before blending to achieve the perfect balance.
The final blend is then given the méthode traditionelle of bottle fermentation and ageing on yeast lees for an extended period of time.
The nose has complex aromas of grapefruit/citrus, sea spray, candle wax, honey, with some nutty almond biscuit.
The stylish palate is again complex, with good richness of flavour and a touch of creaminess, some subtle vanilla, and lovely palate cleansing grapefruit acidity, finishing long and dry.
The freshness, complexity and finesse are beautifully balanced reflecting well the 42 months on lees.
Above all, this fine, elegant, complex sparkling is a wonderful expression of climate, hand-tended vines, nurture, and patience.
Serve chilled with hors d’oeuvres.
"This leading winery in Bowral makes several bubblies but this pure-chardonnay wine is the best - the most refined and intense and palate-thrilling. The bouquet has toasty, bready aromes from time in contact with its yeast lees, while the palate is streamlined, crisp and tight, enlivened by lemony acidity which drives its persistence. The ultimate aperitif, perhaps with freshly shucked oysters." Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald 3/2/15
“Most bubblies emulating France’s Champagne style combine chardonnay with the red variety pinot noir and sometimes pinot meunier. The pinots add backbone, and in the case of meunier, flesh to the blend. Exceptional chardonnay, however, can stand on its own as it does in Centennial’s beautiful Blanc de Blancs – the trophy winner at this year’s Canberra regional show. The very cool climate delivers high-acid grapes with intense grapefruit-like varietal flavour – a lean, austere combination that transforms to a delicious, rich elegance after thre-and-a-half years’ bottle age.” Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times 21/11/12
“From selected blocks in the estate vineyards in Bowral, aged for 42 months on lees prior to disgorgement. A vital and intense Blanc de Blancs, long and focussed; grapefruit, stone fruit and and some almond/creamy yeast nuances; a long and even finish. Diam. 12.5% alc. Rating 95 To 2015” James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion.
Gold Medallion 2013 Winewise Championship
Trophy & Gold 2011 Canberra Regional Wine Show
Trophy & Gold 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show
Trophy & Gold 2012 Canberra Regional Wine Show
Trophy & Gold 2012 Aust Cool Climate Wine Show
Gold Medal 2011 National Wine Show of Australia
Silver Medal 2011 South Coast Wine Show
Silver Medal 2011 Australian Sparkling Wine Show
Silver Medal 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show
Silver Medal 2013 South Coast Wine Show
Silver Medal 2013 Australian Highlands Wine Show