Kalex Central Otago Rose Brut 2012

Kalex Central Otago Rose Brut 2012 $39 ★★★★ I love the pretty rose-gold colour in the glass, but we all know looks aren’t everything.  So I was reassured to find it has alluring aromas of shrewsbury biscuit, berry bagel and soft, toasted nutty flavours in the mouth, followed by a hint of cherry on the […]

Allan Scott Cecilia Brut Vintage 2011

Allan Scott Cecilia Brut Vintage 2011 $28 ★★★★ The Scott family have been making wine in Marlborough since way back in 1990, however it’s only been in recent years that their sparkling wines have really started to make a real impact, well on my palate anyway.  This vintage Methode Traditionnelle is crafted from chardonnay only […]

Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010

Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010 $40 ★★★★ Produced organically and biodynamically by Rudi Bauer down in Bendigo, this southern star has soft, smoky, flinty aromas and a rich, nutty, marshmallow-like texture in the mid palate.  Very precise and cleansing it is too. www.vinofino.co.nz  

Joiy Sparkling Riesling NV

Joiy Sparkling Riesling NV (4x250ml) $25 ★★★ Bees, butterflies, exotic birds and mythical creatures adorn the storybook-ish, duck-egg blue label of this riesling-based wine spritzer.  It’s been on the market for a couple of years and is going gangbusters according to winemaker Chris Archer.  Twist the cap, pour and you’re met with sweet, musky stonefruit, […]

Clos de la Chappelle Brut Instinct Premier Cru Champagne

Clos de la Chappelle Brut Instinct Premier Cru Champagne $59.90 ★★★★★ Wow!  Five star champagne for under sixty dollars? I know, it’s head-scratching stuff, but best you get a move on, dust off the wallet and grab some quick because with Christmas looming there’ll be precious little left soon.  I love the hints of ginger […]

The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV

The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz NV $29 ★★★★ Despite being recent converts to the sparkling shiraz, Kiwis are loving it; one sip of this tongue-pumpingly sweet sparkler and you’ll see why. Dark black-currant and cherry flavours merge with a blast of mocha, bitter chocolate and baking spices on the palate, plus there’s a lick of zingy […]

Tohu Rewa Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2012

Tohu Rewa Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2012 $32 ★★★★ A couple of years in the bottle has seen this impressive Marlborough-grown, 100% chardonnay-based bubbles mature very nicely indeed.  Deep straw-yellow colour and showing delicate beading and smooth cashew nut and creamy lemon characters on the nose and palate give this sparkling good complexity and […]

J. De Villaret Cremant de Loire Rose NV

J. De Villaret Cremant de Loire Rose NV $19.99 ★★★★ The Loire Valley is France’s largest producer of sparkling wine outside of the Champagne region.  Most Cremant de Loire is produced around the city of Saumur and are blends of chardonnay, chenin blanc and cabernet franc. This super-affordable example has a very pretty salmon and […]

Codorniu Cuvee Barcelona 1872 Rosé NV

Codorniu Cuvee Barcelona 1872 Rosé NV $31.00 ★★★★ This is the first time I’ve tried Spanish Cava made in a rosé style and I really like it.  While white cava is traditionally made using Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada grapes, this is made from a selection of different red grapes and is fermented in oak casks.  […]

Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé Brut NV

Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé Brut NV $28 ★★★★½ Tasmania is known around the world as a producer of super-fine, delicate sparkling wines and Jansz have been at the top of the tree since 1986.  They’ve even coined their own brand ‘Methode Tasmanoise’ in homage to their France-Australia founders.  This rosé is ultra-pale, ballet-shoe pink with […]

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