secret revealed about back vintage fizz

secret revealed about back vintage fizz

June 30, 2011  |  life, wine review

I’ve been reluctant to write about the Back Vintage Chardonnay Pinot Cuvee Brut bottle fermented sparkling wine, for fear of affecting the continuous supply. However, I’m assured that there’s plenty for all, so here we go.

We discovered this amazing value wine about 3 years ago and successive batches (suspect they are always a blend of vintages) have been consistently good, despite sourcing fruit from different cool climate areas. The current offer is a blend of chardonnay (56%) and Pinot Noir (49%) – the classical champagne varieties – from the King and Ovens Valleys in north east Victoria.

Back Vintage simply offers great wines at low prices. Julian Todd has developed a business without a middleman that is starting to be a burr under the saddle of Woolworths and Coles, who continue to bolt on liquor businesses (How does this happen ACCC?). One of the smartest moves by Julian was to engage Nick Bullied MW, to select and endorse all wines that are blended, bottled and sold under the Back Vintage brand. Bullied targets the best varietal – regional marriages and works to the target price point of $12.99 a bottle. The results have been stunning. Check the website and browse for yourself.

The current offering is mainly from the 2008 Vintage, Serve this wine masked against Croser, Salinger, Yarra Burn, Brown Brothers and Jansz and you might get a big surprise. Our guests over the years have been astonished by the quality, and many have become regular consumers. Now the secret is out!

My tasting notes include comments like, “clean dry, fresh with some complexity”. The wine rested on yeast lees for 18 months (how can they sell it for $12.99?) with attractive bread on the nose and clean apple and pear fruit towards the finish. My three daughters and wife have become known as the “fizz sisters” because whenever they get together, I need to restock this wine. They love it, as do I. 12.0% alcohol and rated an amazing 92/100. Get some today.


1 Comment


  1. Glad to hear supply is not jeopardised by your posting Ken! Great drop at the price, the UN should use it for piece keeping.

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