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 […]

Aotea Nelson Methode Traditionnelle 2011 $39.00

Created by winemaker Chris Seifried to mark the arrival of his and his sister Heidi’s first children (who both actually burst into the world within 15 hours of each other) – it’s a lovely, vibrantly toasty blend of 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir which is a bonza little baby of its own. I love […]

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 […]

Sartori di Verona Erfo Brut NV $22.00

Here’s exactly what you need when faced with the conundrum of requiring fine champagne yet only having spare change. Sartori grow their ‘glera’ grapes for this prosecco in the alluvial, calcareous clays (try repeating those three words in quick succession) of Treviso and process them in the Charmat method (Google it) to produce this summery-fresh, […]

Junction Wines Persistence NV $22.00

I actually have zero, nada, nil, no idea what grapes have actually been used to create this lemony, mineral-focused, chalky wine because despite repeated pleadings to winemaker Liam Ashworth, alongside offers to give him my next born son (the first is turning out ok) – he refuses to tell me. Grown on the Takapau Plains, […]

Alpha Domus Aviatrix Sparkling Cuvée NV $20 (4 stars)

I first tasted this deliciously unusual, sparkling semillon outdoors on the Alpha Domus lawn, on a scorchingly hot Saturday during the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine Festival. The brainchild of owner Paul Ham’s daughter Beatrix, I was wowed by the aromas of barleygrass, dried lucerne, citrus and biscuit dough. On the palate it is bracingly fresh, […]

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