The 25 Swan Valley Sparkling Wines of Christmas 2014 – 23rd December

Faber Vineyard 2011 Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay - TC Wine BlogFaber Vineyard 2011 Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay

I haven’t yet made it to visit Faber Vineyard but I know I need too!! I did meet owner and winemaker John Griffiths at Viva Verdelho 2013 and he is a great laugh (see picture at the bottom of this post). Faber is known through the Valley for their fabulous wines and their amazing long-table lunches, sundowners and wine tastings. Continue reading

The 25 Swan Valley Sparkling Wines of Christmas 2014 – 20th December

Harris Organic Sparkling 'Madeleine Claire' Chardonnay - TC Wine Blog

Harris Organic Sparkling ‘Madeleine Claire’ Chardonnay

There are not many organic wines in the Swan Valley and I have a feeling Harris Organic may be the only one doing organic sparkling. This sparkling wine is made of 100% organically grown Chardonnay grapes which are handpicked. Natural yeast is used for fermentation and the wine is stored for 3 months in an underground cellar prior to bottling. Once bottled, the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle over a minimum of a 36 month period. The bottles are hand riddled and hand disgorged before being finished with a crown cap closure. Continue reading

The 25 Swan Valley Sparkling Wines of Christmas 2014 – 19th December

Ugly Duckling 2014 Sparkling Chardonnay - TC Wine Blog

Ugly Duckling 2014 Sparkling Chardonnay

Ugly Duckling is such a fabulous spot in the Swan Valley. It is a small cellar door which is just off West Swan Road and it faces out to the vineyard. It is open-air with live music on the weekends and they make some of the best pies in Australia I think! I am sorry Aussie’s but you guys have nothing on Kiwi Pies, yet these Ugly Duckling pies I am completely hooked on. I wonder if that is because they have wine in? Hmm… Continue reading

The 25 Swan Valley Sparkling Wines of Christmas 2014 – 16th December

Mandoon Estate 2011 Sparkling Reserve Chardonnay - TC Wine BlogMandoon Estate 2011 Sparkling Reserve Chardonnay

I drank my fair share of this bubbles at the Official Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery Grand Opening in November 2014. It is divine! It is made in the traditional method (exactly the same way French Champagne is made with secondary fermentation in the bottle) and is crafted from hand-picked Pemberton grown Chardonnay grapes. Continue reading

The 25 Swan Valley Sparkling Wines of Christmas 2014 – 14th December

Edgecombe Brothers NV Sparkling Chardonnay - TC Wine BlogEdgecombe Brothers NV Sparkling Chardonnay

Visiting Edgecombe Bros is like stopping in to see extended family. It is so laid-back and casual that you feel right at home when you walk in the door. Plus you’re bound to walk away with a smile on your face as all the staff have such a great sense of humour. If you do a wine tasting with Aki you’ll definitely see that wine doesn’t have to be snobby, at all! Continue reading