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Everything Sparkling!

Sarah Bennett - Thursday, October 03, 2019

Did you know?

The longest recorded flight of a Champagne cork is over 177 feet (54 meters).

There are 1 million bubbles in the average glass of champagne.

Bubble size in champagne and sparkling can vary from between 0.4mm and 4mm.

Bubbles of 1.7mm across result in the highest number of droplets evaporating at the surface of the drink, enhancing the drinker's’ experience of flavour.

39°F (4°C) is the optimum temperature to cool champagne to ensure its delicate flavours are not overpowered.

Adolphe Jaquesson invented the muselet in 1844 to prevent the corks from accidentally blowing out.

Our Sparkling is made using the Charmat Method, aka Metodo Italiano and tank method. The wine undergoes the secondary fermentation in large pressurized stainless-steel tanks and is then bottled under pressure in a continuous process.

This process was first studied by the Italian enologist Federico Martinotti and patented in 1907 by French winemaker Eugene Charmat, which is where the name comes from. This method is now used widely around the world to produce light, delicate, early-drinking style sparkling wines.

The Adelaide Hills is a great region for sparkling wines thanks to the cool climate. The low temperature helps keep the acid in the grapes while the fruity flavours develop which is the key for making tasty bubbles.

Our 2019 Sparkling Chardonnay is made from 100% Adelaide Hills Chardonnay grapes and delivers a dry and fruity style with clear light colour and fine bubbles. Good amounts of yellow peach on the nose, bright acidity on the palate combined with energetic pear and lemon flavours.

Perfect for casual gatherings and special celebrations.

Available online or at the cellar door.

Sources: Did You Know -, Charmat Method illustration - Wine Folly

May Day May Day!

Clare Anderson - Thursday, May 03, 2018

The month of May is here and there’s much to do and see in the Adelaide Hills.

At Anderson Hill, the leaves on our vines have turned yellow, orange and red and Brad is adding some delicious winter meals to the menu.

It’s a wonderful time of year to visit our cellar door restaurant for a quick drink or a lazy afternoon.

We also celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day on Friday 4 May (the first Friday in May) and International Chardonnay Day on Thursday 24 May. The US celebrates National Wine Day on Friday 25 May so perhaps we should too? Make sure you show your support!

And while you’re in the Adelaide Hills these are our top six picks for things to do in May.

Number 1: Pick a Pink Lady Weekend

Pick a Pink Lady Weekend is back for 2018 on May 5 & 6 from 10am to 4pm each day. A great family outing! Pick yourself some fresh and juicy apples from local Lenswood growers before or after you call in to Anderson Hill! More info...

Number 2: Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

The Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens has possibly the best display of Autumn colour you will see anywhere in the world. Whether you’re out for a leisurely stroll around the lake or a more vigorous trek, you can immerse yourself in the spectacular colour, rich aromas and amazing diversity across 97 hectares of garden. Open every day except on total fire ban days. Free guided tours every Thursday departing at 10.30am. More info...

Number 3: Bike SA Dirty Weekend

On May 5 & 6, across the road from Anderson Hill, BikeSA is holding their Dirty Weekend. South Australia’s only 24-hour mountain challenge –this promises to be an epic adventure and a hell of a lot of fun on SA’s finest downhill mountain bike trails. More info...

Number 4: South Australian History Festival

The SA History Festival runs throughout the month of May with many events and exhibitions held in the Adelaide Hills. From guided tours at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood and The Cedars (Hans Heysen Foundation) in Hahndorf to ‘The Valley of Praise’ exhibition at the Lobethal Archives and Historical Museum, the Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk and ‘An 1800s Street of History’ in Nairne. More info...

Number 5: SteamRanger Heritage Railway

All aboard the SteamRanger Heritage Railway! The Highlander service operates each Thursday in May between Mt Barker and Strathalbyn. Departing Mt Barker at 10am and returning around 2.20pm. Bookings are essential. More info...

Number 6: Gumeracha Medieval Fair

For some action-packed family fun get along to the twelfth Gumeracha Medieval Fair on May 5 & 6 for jousting demonstrations, live combat re-enactments, medieval folk music. A dedicated kid’s space will offer storytelling, face painting, sword-making workshops and more. More info...

While every effort has been made to ensure this information is accurate at the time of publication, Anderson Hill and the blog author do not take responsibility for any errors or omissions. Please check the event / business website for bookings, tickets, opening hours and any other relevant or essential information.

Chardonnay Food Matching

Clare Anderson - Friday, March 18, 2016

Chardonnay has made a real comeback recently, which is a wonderful to see as Chardonnay is such a complex wine and can be enjoyed with a range of foods. Understanding where the Chardonnay is from, weather it is oaked and how mature it is when you drink it is important to which food you pair it with. Anderson Hill Chardonnays are cool climate, stored in oak for twelve months and as it ages develops different more complex flavours.

A younger cool climate chardonnay such as Anderson Hill "Lila Agars" pairs well with shellfish such as crab and prawns, especially our famous prawn pizza, delicate chicken terrines, creamy pastas, risottos and fresh spring vegetables.

An aged Chardonnay such as Anderson Hill "Elizabeth Scott" pair well slightly richer foods like veal with mushroom sauce, pumpkin ravioli, hazelnut crusted chicken with fennel and of course a local Udder Delights Cheddar.