• Helene-Grand-Cuvee


Sparkling | Helene Grande Cuvee

Made in the true 'methode traditionelle' meaning fermented in a bottle. Superb sparkling wines served at any event.

wine notes

2006 Helene Grande Cuvee

The Fruit:

The premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are sourced from the cool climate region of Pipers River in Northern Tasmania. They are delicate, yet perfectly balanced
with natural acidity as well as incredibly intense but crisp fruit flavours. The 2006 vintage was an exceptional year producing excellent base wines worthy of a vintage sparkling.

The Winemaking:

All the grapes were hand-picked in order to minimise any damage to the berries and extraction from the skins. The crates of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes were refrigerated and cooled to 4°C for maximum flavour retention. The grapes were then transferred for whole bunch pressing - a process that extracts a very fine and delicate juice. The juice was then clarified and fermented at low temperatures to retain the delicate fruit flavours and aromas. The final blend, 55% Pinot Noir, 43% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Meunier was put together late in
2006 and then put on tirage in the bottle for eight years. The final ‘house reserve’ liqueur was added prior to bottling providing even greater complexity and balance to the incredibly long palate.


2006 Helene Grande Cuvee

The Comments:

Pale straw in colour, this vintage sparkling has delicate aromas of brioche, butter and sweet biscuits that lead onto a palate full of toast, nougat and honey characters. The persistent fine bead drives the long and elegant palate, with a hint of lemon zest and quartz mineral providing the perfect finish to this complex, yet vibrant vintage sparkling.

awards and reviews

2006 Helene Grande Cuvee


  • 2006 Helene Grande Cuvee
    • Gold | 2015 Melbourne Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Hobart Wine Show
    • Silver | 2015 National Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2015 Queensland Wine Show
    • Gold | 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show
  • 2004 Helene Grande Cuvee
    • Trophy | 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

      Best Australian Sparkling Wine

    • 92 Points – Campbell Mattinson
      Campbell MattinsonThe Wine Front, Aug 2013

      Excellent complexity. Powerful flavour. Smells too sweet but tastes good.

    • 92 Points – Stuart Robinson
      Stuart Robinsonthevinsomniac.com, Mar 2013

      Named after Grant's Tasmanian born wife Helen, and indeed the Apple Isle is the source of the fruit for the wine. Opens, appropriately, with hints of apple, blossom and citrus. Fairly delicate aromatics given the 9 years on lees. Palate shows complexity, nicely developed autolysis character and finished long and minerally

    • 91 Points – Gary Walsh
      Gary WalshThe Wine Front, Jun 2013

      A new line from Grant Burge. 8 years on yeast. Toasty, brioche bottle age and lees action, tough of seaweed, citrus. Fine boned, albeit in a somewhat bovine way, some minerally feel, jumpy but fine bubbles and a dry finish. Creamy lees complexity. Modern Australian sparkling workup style but good.

    • Gold | 2014 Sydney International Wine competition

      Blue-Gold/ Top 100


    • Silver | 2013 Australian Sparkling Wine Show
    • Silver | 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
    • Silver – 2013 Brisbane Wine Show
    • Bronze | 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
    • Other (4 Stars) | Chris Shanahan
      Chris ShanahanCanberra Times, ACT, Jun 2013

      Baorssa-based Grant Burge makes large volumes of sparkling wine. After exhausting supplies of suitable South Australian grapes. Burge expanded his sourcing to Victoria in 2003 and Tasmania in 2004. His first all-Tasmania sparkler, Helene (named for his wife's old family home in Tasmania), combines pinot noir (54 percent) and chardonnay. Burge shipped the juice from Tasmania to the Barossa for fermentation, bottling and subsequent maturation on yeast lees, in bottle, for eight years. He made only 500 dozen and it's available now at cellar door. It's a very fine, full-flavoured wine, combining delicate fruit flavour and the complexity derived from prolonged maturaton. The one-off Tasmanian fruit purchase led to an ongoing contract and plans are for a range of Tasmanian table wines, beginning with pinot noir from 2013.

    • Winestate | Dec 2014

      Clear, pale gold colour, with persistent fine bead. The nose if full of complex toasty brioche-like aromas, white truffle, nougat and fresh cream are all in abundance. The palate is layered with white peach, nectarine, citrus and a long biscuity midpalate; full of structure and poise yet still retains an incredible freshness from the natural acidity. The length and breadth of the finish is the real key to this wine style, retaining a vibrancy and persistence that few wines can achieve.



    • 93 Points | James Halliday
      James HallidayWine Companion - Feb 2014

      A 54%/46% blend of pinot noir and chardonnay from the Pipers River area, the copper pink colour (from the pinot noir), an object lesson in the freshness and vibancy of Tasmanian fruit in sparkling wine, here not the least cut back by extended time on lees.

    • Windsor Dobbin
      Windsor DobbinOff the Vines, Sunday Examiner, Tas, Jun 2013

      The first Tasmanian release from Barossa veteran Burge, who says this is the best of the many sparkling wines he has made. It is a delicate, linear wine with terrific acid, hints of yeast from eight years on lees and plenty of length. There are biscuity-brioche aromas leading onto fine-beaded citrus notes. A wine for sipping and savouring, or an excellent choice as an aperitif.

    • WBMonline.com.au, Jun 2013
      WBMonline.com.au, Jun 2013

      Grant Burge has released his first every vintage sparkling - the 2004 Helene Grande Cuvee - which has a RRP of $55 per bottle. Sourced from fruit hand picked from the Pipers River region north-east of Launceston, the 54 percent Pinot Noir and the 46 percent Chardonnay blend was aged on lees for eight years in the bottle before disgorgement. Helene is named after the house that Grant's wife Helen grew up in, on Cotswold Place, Moonah, Hobart. The story goes that Helen's father wanted to name her after the house but her mother refused, thinking everyone would get the spelling wrong. "Over the years I've always wanted to release a vintage sparkling wine, to showcase the distinctive and quite exemplary fruit that we have here in Australia," Grant said. "In 2004 the decision was mae to put aside a small amount for extended bottle maturation - and so the Helene was born."

  • Helene Grande Cuvee
    • Gold | 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show

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