Although it's no longer the pinnacle of Australia's sparkling white wine class as it once was, Seppelt's Salinger remains a beacon of consistency and quality in my eyes. However, I can't say the new packaging appeals to my senses.
Presenting a fine combination of racy bead with genuine foam and lace, the 2006 Salinger opens to a lively scent of sweet pastry overlying white flower, grapefruit and mineral aromas with funky meaty/cherry aspects imparted by its pinot noir component. It's foamy in the mouth, with a rich, chewy mid-section that announces sparkling mineral, grapefruit and butterscotch flavours. Its grapefruit and mineral nuances become more pronounced as the wine evolves towards a slightly bitter-edged, steely climax underlined by a lingering tone of yeast.
ü A pleasingly fresh, mineral-accented Salinger with enough overall balance to suggest it'll develop further richness and complexity over the next few years. Drink to 2014.