2004 Clover Hill (Taltarni) Sparkling Wine Tasmania (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1146389 91 points James Halliday

 A rich, creamy mouthfeel, with toast and citrus on the palate; very fine and persistent bead and quite long on the finish  (7/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Pear, tropical - nicely ripe and defined. Light, well balanced. Very little autolysis but fruit is pleasant. Simple and fresh.  (8/ 2009)

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