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Some of our favorite sparkling wines are made by Deviation Road Winery, which is also a place we love to share with travelers.
Deviation produces exciting cool climate wines from mature vineyards high in the Adelaide Hills. There, owners Hamish and Kate Laurie are continuing a five-generation tradition of winemaking, but their approach has also been influenced by Kate’s training in French oenology. In that way, their wines are at once traditional and contemporary.
One to look for as you select your New Year’s bottle is Deviation’s Loftia Vintage Brut. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes hand selected from mature vines on south-facing slopes—which here means cool climate. It is aged for a minimum of 24 months on its lees, which adds nutty complexity to the wine’s fresh citrus, green apple, and spring blossom aromas. The palate is crisp, with a lingering, mouth-watering finish.
The winemaking is done in the estate’s converted stone dairy building. There you’ll learn how they work from harvest on small parcels to the creation of their crisp, elegant bubblies using the traditional method (méthod traditionnelle), including hand bottling and disgorging.