I must admit to being a little confused with the labelling of Hardys' entry level Sir James sparkling whites. Naturally, one might expect the Brut de Brut (brut referring to dry) to be drier than its Cuvee Brut sibling, however, the Cuvee Brut's back label claims it finishes in a crisp, dry style, while the Brut de Brut says it 'finishes with a refreshing natural acidity'. Fortunately there was a store attendant on hand to the point me in the direction of the drier wine, or at least as he saw it.
Displaying truly miniscule bead, this very clear-straw sparkling reveals a surprisingly yeasty, honeyed fragrance (24 months lees ageing) of grapefruit and lemon zest. Somewhat juicy, creamy and forward, its loose-knit palate lays slightly candied lemon sherbet-like acids over its grapefruit/white flower flavour, and although it doesn't tighten with any real significance, it does announce a touch of foamy fizz and some lingering bitter aspects.
O Not a bad fizz for under $10, but it doesn't really compare to the freshness or tightness of Jacob's Creek's Blanc de Blancs. Drink now.