It goes ok, thanks very much.
The first-ever Mumm Tasmania release is pretty good really, even if I want a bit more flavour. Made as part of the Mumm terroir series, which serves to highlight different sparkling expressions from around the world, with Trina Smith on board to guide it locally (Smith is Pernod’s head of sparkling and white wines).
Greenish and quite tart, it feels like it’s only just been bottled. Maybe it has. Spends 20 months on lees, but it could do with much more. My kingdom for more lees ageing! Pristine flavours though – all green apple and clean lines. Extra brut? Definitely itching for more weight as it is so green appley. I misplaced the press release so I’m just guessing here, but it definitely tastes Pinot Noir dominant. It’s not particularly complex, and very much an aperitif style, but good quality for what it is.
Is it better than the equivalent Arras or Clover Hill? Probs not. And the packaging didn’t go down that well in the Graham household. But it has the Champagne name AND it’s a pretty good drink.
Best drinking: if it’s this batch, I’d wait a few months. But hey, welcome to the NV gamble! 17/20, 90/100. 12.5%, $35. Mumm website. Would I buy it? Worth a glass while standing on someone else’s yacht (hopefully they paid for it too).
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