Mumm Launches First-Ever Australian Sparkling
Introduced to the world alongside tunes courtesy of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, the new Mumm Tasmania Brut Prestige is a seriously class act. A pinot noir-dominated blend, the sophisticated sparkling wine is filled with plenty of intensity, complexity and vibrancy. To create the new libation, Australian winemaker and sparkling wine specialist Trina Smith collaborated with renowned wine producer Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Laurent Fresnet, GH Mumm’s Chef de Caves (aka the cellar master).
This marks the first Aussie entry in the acclaimed Mumm Terroir series, which celebrates prestigious wine regions known for producing a peak pinot noir. Building on Maison Mumm’s 200-year history of crafting pinot noir forward wines, each sparkling creation in the Mumm Terroir series highlights the unique terroir. Tasmania’s pristine landscape and maritime climate is ideal for creating sparkling wines full of finesse and complexity. Other entries in the series include the Mumm Marlborough Brut Prestige and Mumm Marlborough Vintage Rosé, which showcase New Zealand’s Marlborough winemaking region.
Aged for a minimum 20 months, Mumm Tasmania is a non-vintage wine, to ensure consistency and complexity from blend to blend. According to the revered maison, the grapes were sourced from Northern Tasmania and the Pipers River area, and harvested separately at optimal sugar ripeness. After gentle pressing, the free-run juice underwent fermentation in stainless steel tanks. A long, slow secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle prior to the final step in the time-honoured sparkling wine process.
Reaching shelves in late October nationally, the new Mumm Tasmania sparkling is the result of passionate winemakers sharing their winemaking skills and local knowledge to create modern sparkling wine with a direct nod to tradition. Cellar master Laurent Fresnet said, “Maison Mumm has been celebrating pinot noir from the terroir of Champagne since 1827. Partnering with Trina opened up knowledge of the terroir and producers to source the best grapes. With Mumm Tasmania, we are revealing a new expression of pinot noir, with the same quest for the utmost quality, and in line with Maison Mumm’s style.”
Trina Smith shared, “I was thrilled to introduce Tasmania as the region to source grapes for our Terroir series and couldn’t wait to collaborate with Laurent Fresnet. There’s no better Australian region for sparkling wine, and I look forward to sharing this new release with sparkling wine appreciators around the nation.”
According to Wine Tasmania, 37% of all grapes from the 2022 Tasmanian vintage are bound for sparkling wine production and this is only set to grow in years ahead. Tasmanian sparkling wine sales in the domestic off-trade has grown from AUD$46 million in July 2020 to AUD$74 million in July 2022. Pop a bottle of Mumm Tasmania Brut Prestige for AUD$40
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