Young Estate Bettie Bubbles Methode Traditionelle NV $34 (3.5 stars)

Hayley Young is the talent behind this golden, Gisborne-grown fizz which has had a couple of years to develop in the bottle. Subtle aromas of crushed cashews and rising dough surrender to soft citrus and caramelized characters which follow through on the palate. It’s a lightly-styled sparkles that has notes of baked apple on the […]

Champagne Joseph Desruets Brut Special Cuvée Les Prémices NV $150

I LOVE learning about new champagne houses and Desruets is my new favourite. A 60/40 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it’s so incredibly fresh, pillowy and pure. I love the lacy citrus, cashew, bagel dough and shortbread characters on the palate, its harmonious texture, impeccable balance and lift – it’s an absolute aristocrat of […]

Tosti Prosecco DOC NV $17.99 (3.5 stars)

Pouring this wine into your glass, it looks like liquid meringue, so fluffy, creamy and pillow-like as it fills. Scented with soft coconut, guava and white peach characters and leaving a lick of lemony lightness on the palate. It’s a beautifully balanced prosecco with just enough natural sweetness and good, racy acidity to keep it […]

Mas Candi Cava Brut Nature NV $23 (4 stars)

Cava is the Spanish version of Champagne, it’s made in exactly the same way and it’s the perfect way to welcome the cooling down of the seasons. This is a blend of 60% xarel.lo, 20% macabeo and 5% parellada, alongside 15% that’s comprised of other indigenous Penedès grape varieties. Maturation time of at least two […]

Sartori di Verona Erfo Brut NV $22 (4 stars)

In the late 1800’s Sartori’s trattoria was the place to frequent if you were a merchant, trader or weary traveller hunting for hearty food, good wine and a comfy place to camp. As the family concentrated more on wine, hospitality remained their focus, which is why their prosecco’s are especially friendly. Wild apple and acacia […]

JK.14 Tre Fratelli DOC Treviso Prosecco NV $22.99

Crafted by the Bartholomiol brothers in conjunction with importer John Kirwan, this spritely prosecco has super-pale colour, teeny tiny bubbles in the glass and complex, unusual aromas that are slightly salty, almost creamy and totally suit its dry, chalky character. In the mouth the texture has all the spritz and verve I look for, plus […]

Leveret IQ Premium Brut NV Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle NV $16.95

No holds barred, this is absolutely one of my favourite ways to get fizzicle. ‘IQ’ means ‘improving quietly’ and this bold, biscuity, creamy, cashew-laden bubbly has been doing just that, aging on its yeast lees for 7 years to develop these delicate smoky notes, white peach, lemon shortbread and a long, luscious texture. Crafted by […]

Champagne Moutard Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne Brut NV $39.99

Pinot noir components in this Champagne date back almost two decades and each bottle sleeps quietly in cool, dark underground cellars for three years before release. The families of Champagne Moutard Diligent have lived in the village of Buxeuil in the Côte des Bar since the mid 17th century and have been grape growing and […]

Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs NV $29.99

This stylish Spanish sparkling chardonnay has classic dusty, musky, soft creamy notes on the nose and they combine beautifully with super-dry, chalky, crushed seashell characters on the palate. Layers of lemony brioche sneak into the palate spectrum and they work sensationally with nutty, biscuit flavours on the finish. If you’re a fan of mineral-driven magic, […]

Hunters Miru Miru Marlborough Methode Traditionelle NV $25.00

From the first sniff and sip, you’ll completely understand why this is one of the most highly awarded sparkling wines in the country and a much-loved favourite of mine. Generous and lush, with rising dough and smoky aromatics, stonefruit and citrus wash across the palate leaving a rich creamy, textural finish. It’s fresh, stylish and […]

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