This wine is a multi-vintage blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Meunier, all grown at our cool-climate Bowral vineyards at 700m altitude.
It has been made using the traditional method of bottle fermentation, and shows complex aromas of yeast, nectarine/citrus and brioche.
The elegant palate is citrus/grapefruit-driven, and has wonderful crisp natural acidity that finishes long, clean, and savoury.
Great as an aperitif.
(Until December 2016 we called this wine Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay. It has now been renamed Brut Traditionelle. Same great wine.)
(email June 2015)
Hope all is well with you.
I thought you would like to know about my recent Champagne Showdown. It is one of the public experiences I run.
Six Champagnes initially tasted blind and then run as a masterclass. However, I always put one Aussie in there. On Saturday the lineup was Taittinger, Moet, Veuve, Perrier Jouet, Centennial Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Bollinger. Twelve tasters are asked to taste the bubbles blind and rate their top three. 3 points for the best, 2 points for their second favourite, 1 point for the third.
Well the good news is that blind tasted…Centennial came out top with 17 points. Pretty good huh! Congratulations.
Head of Liquids
AWBS Australian Wine and Beer School
"Nothing better illustrates the Southern Highlands' peculiar climate than Centennial's superb sparkling wines - quality more expected of Tasminia or southern Victoria. Its Blanc de blancs ($28-$37) and Extreme Brut ($26.60-$30) are impressive. But on a recent cellar-door visit, I favoured this blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. It shoes power and elegance - that unique combination of pinot strength and chardonnay finesse, with the subtle background flavour and texture derived from prolonged ageing on yeast cells following secondary fermentation." Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times 7/11/12
"(at National Cool Climate Wine Show) Bowral (NSW) based Centennial Vineyards continues to add to its impressive trophy record. Centennial entered three wines in the 44 strong sparkling class and came away with two golds and a silver. This wine has an attractive, complex bready aroma, a long, fresh, intense palate and a creamy mousse. An ideal choice for Christmas and New Year. ($28.00) Highly Recommended" Lester Jesberg, Winewise November 2013
Trophy Best NSW Sparkling 2006 NSW Wine Awards
Trophy and Gold 2006 National Cool Climate Wine Show
Top 40 2007 NSW Wine Awards
Best Boutique Sparkling White, Silver Medal, 2007 Boutique Wine Awards
Trophy and Gold 2009 Canberra Regional Wine Show
Top 40 and Best Sparkling 2010 Clear Image NSW Wine Awards
Gold Ribbon, 95 points, Huon Hooke 2016
★★★★★ Winestate Magazine
Finalist, Top 5 Sparkling, Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year 2016
Best in Class, 2011 NSW Wine Awards
Silver Medal 2006 Boutique Wines of Australia, Best in Class
Silver Medal, 2007 Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show
Silver Medal 2007 Kiama Regional Wine Show , Best in Class
Silver Medal 2008 Canberra Regional Wine Show
Silver Medal 2008 NSW Small Winemakers Show
Silver Medal 2010 NSW Wine Awards
Silver Medal 2010 National Cool Climate Wine Show
Silver Medal 2011 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
Silver Medal 2012 Aust. Highland Wine Show
Silver Medal 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show
Silver Medal 2012 NSW Wine Awards
Silver Medal 2013 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Silver Medal 2013 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show