Tohu Rewa Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2014 $29 (4 stars)

With its pale, lemon-gold colour, sexy, meringue-like mousse and finely-tuned, tiny beads, this wine looks like money in the glass. It stacks up in the taste stakes too. Soft lemon and panetone loaf aromas, biscuity boldness and its fresh, creamy finish make this chardonnaycentric fizz one of my favourites. www.glengarrywines.co.nz

Moët & Chandon Imperial Golden Sparkle Limited Edition NV $69

I love the aromas of rising dough, biscuity notes, and almond meal drizzled with lemon and a touch of tropical fruit in this festive fizz. On the palate it’s zesty and dry, full, yeasty and edged with a squeak of citrus to elongate the flavour layers. The bead is delicate, it looks and tastes like […]

La Marca Prosecco D.O.C $24-$27

How stylish is this bottle? It shouldn’t matter I know, but it helps if it looks like money on the table right. Unlike many Prosecco’s on the market, it’s not sweet. In fact it’s deliciously dry, snappy-fresh, citrus-driven and has a light, ‘frizzante’ texture, so it doesn’t erupt in your mouth like a fizz-bomb. Instead […]

Astoria Butterfly Treviso Prosecco 2016 $19 (4.5 stars)

Been avoiding prosecco because you think it’ll be too sweet? Well, fret no more, because here’s a crisp, citrus-laced spritz-fest in a bottle.  This tangy example from Treviso shows lovely tension in the glass with a subtle lick of green apple and honey.  At a positively demure 11% alcohol, it definitely won’t send you sideways […]

Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial Champagne $69.99 (4 stars)

Here’s the opposite of what Moet used to be all about.  Lean, dry and minerally, this is not.  Fat, tropical tones, peach and sweet, musky layers that cry out to be poured over ice and sprinkled with mint or flecks of dried berries.  Apricot, caramelised characters and a rich, luxurious sweetness wash across the palate […]

Yvonne Lorkin Wine Column for week beginning Sat 9th Dec 2017

As I write this, a clutch of businesses on the street where my office is located, are preparing for our annual street Christmas party.  Five bucks and BYO nibbles is all we needed to bring apparently.  Due to this column deadline, I have not had time to go out and get ‘nibbly-fied’ – so to […]

The Family Company ‘Cosmos’ Methode Traditionelle $25 (3.5 stars)

“All life begins with a bang” says winemaker John Thorpe of his fun, Gisborne-grown sparkler.  Cosmos is made from 100% Chardonnay aged for just over two years in bottle before being released, it’s scented with lemon, breadcrust and yellow plum, and also boasts tangy citrus pith, nutty notes and creamy complexity on the finish. www.gisbornegourmet.com

Veuve Laperrière Brut Rose NV $17 (4 stars)

If you prefer your rosé to froth and fizz, then this is going to seriously float your boat.  Created in France’s Loire (“loo-aah”) Valley, this is a super-smooth, berries-and-cream-crammed wine that has really seductive mouthfeel.  There’s a squeak of sweetness and spice, alongside a rich, slightly nutty finish.  Richly structured, it’s a real crowd-pleaser and […]

Hunter’s MiruMiru Methode Traditionelle Brut NV $28.90 (5 stars)

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 […]

Hunter’s MiruMiru Reserve 2013 $49.90 (5 stars)

I adore the biscuit-like aromas of this absolute aristocrat.  The almond meal, rising dough notes and serious mid-palate richness in every sip make this a hugely satisfying wine that’s not only long and flavoursome, but also shows real finesse and delicacy.  There’s a creamy cashew and lemon-like complexity in this 60% pinot noir 40% chardonnay […]

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