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d'Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV

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d'Arenberg's Peppermint Paddock is a block of vines surrounded by peppermint gums and was replanted in 1989 to the Chambourcin grape from Shiraz which never grew well on that particular site. When the fruit is picked fully ripe it retains high levels of acidity, an abundance of colour, flavour and tannin - perfect for a sparkling red wine.

The base wine is prepared using the time honoured techniques of open fermenting, foot treading and basket pressing. Addition of liqueur tirage instigates secondary fermentation and creates bubbles with a unique vibrant purple colour.

The d'Arenberg Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red displays a vibrant purple and persistent mousse. The nose is a swirl of exotic spice, ripe plum and black olive, a heady mix that draws you back for another whiff of dark fruits and a hint of cedar. The palate is full and fresh, slightly sweet, showing strong flavours of mint, black fruits and Christmas spice. The wine is balanced and concludes with persistent tannin and intertwined acidity.