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 […]

Yvonne Lorkin wine column for week beginning Sat 23 Sept 2017

Hunter’s of bubbles… If you stopped someone random in the street and asked them to name New Zealand’s top sparkling wine brands in ten seconds flat –I reckon they’d be able to rattle off the big commercial names, the Lindauer’s, Morton’s, Daniel Le Brun’s, maybe Deutz and Cloudy Bay and then they’d probably begin to […]

Leveret IQ Premium Brut NV $20 (4 stars)

This méthode traditionelle (the same method of making Champagne) is a regional blend of Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier that’s been disgorged after a minimum of 18 months on its yeast lees (the residue leftover from the ferment). These guys have been making high-end sparkling wine since aeons ago, and […]

Sileni Estates Sparkling Cuvée Pinot Gris NV $19 (2.5 stars)

I know packaging shouldn’t matter, but I really loathe those plastic ‘zork’ corks. The colour blue works on very few bottles and my eyes ache trying to digest more than 2 fonts on a label – but if you go beyond all the ‘busyness’ there’s actually an OK wine inside. Aromas of caramel apple brioche […]

Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionelle NV $30

New Zealand’s largest quartz rock deposit looks a bit like an underground reef, and it sits directly below Quartz Reef’s vineyards in the sub-region of Bendigo.  This biodynamically-grown, classically-styled fizz is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay sourced from both Bendigo and a small patch of vines in Gibbston and it’s one of the […]

Pask Declaration Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionelle 2009 $40 (4.5 stars)

One of things I love about Kate Radburnd and her team at Pask, is that they are great keepers of secrets.  Who knew they’d been sitting on an absolutely stunning sparkling wine for 8 years!  Just released, this classically crafted blend of chardonnay and pinot noir has a deliciously finely-tuned texture in the mouth, soft […]

Kumeu River Kumeu Crémant NV $50 (4 star)

For aeons, Michael Brajkovich MW has turned out tasty pinot noir and jawdroppingly good chardonnay at every level.  So it was only a matter of time before he opted to marry the two under holy methode traditionelle matrimony.  A base of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir were handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented with […]

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