Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvee 2010 crowned best Australian sparkling

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There’s a new world wine show on the scene, and it’s called the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. The inaugural show saw more than 650 bottles of bubbly entered from 16 different countries. (What’s a gal gotta do to get a front row seat at THAT one?!?!)

And the winner of the World Champion Australian Sparkling Wine? Well, it was somewhat of a surprise! It was won by Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvee 2010. A bubbly from Victoria which retails for just $29.00

The humble little Blue Pyrenees beat nine other highly reputable Australian sparkling wines, including the 2004 House of Arras Grand Vintage and 2002 House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged, as well as 2001 Clover Hill Cuvée Prestige Blanc de Blancs and 2010 Coldstream Hills Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay.

Blue Pyrenees winemaker Andrew Koerner said “We were overwhelmed when we heard the news. Making great sparkling is a long-term endeavour and we have the greatest respect for the winemakers in Australia who make the very best.”

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“The Midnight Cuvée is a Blanc de Blancs that we made for the first time in 1992. The chardonnay is always sourced from the Blue Pyrenees Estate vineyard with the finest fruit selected on-vine and then harvested at midnight for optimal fruit conditions. The wine spends a minimum of three years on lees, resting in an on-site cave designed by our founders.”

The competition’s Supreme World Champion, was 2002 Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé, which also won champion prestige cuvée.

Blue Pyrenees is available from selected retailers and online via the Blue Pyrenees website.