Champagne Marion Bosser Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc NV $60

Enjoyed by First Class passengers on British Airways, and recent winner of the Chairman’s Trophy at the ‘Ultimate Wine Challenge’ in NYC, this jaw-slackingly sensational champagne from a tiny vineyard in Hautvillers (home of Dom Perignon) is made by all-female team of Bernadette Marion-Bosser (who rebuilt the brand back in 1994) and her young daughter […]

Fontanafredda Le Fronde Moscato d’Asti 2013 $35

At just 5% alcohol, this is a super-light, super-sweet little sip that’ll perk up even the most jaded tastebuds.  Forget any past experiences with bad old, mass-produced Asti because this is the genuine article.  Pure, uncut awesomeness.  With a deliciously delicate, creamy mousse, lifted, musky apricot and honeysuckle flavours and a long, spritzy finish – […]

Matahiwi Estate Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc NV $22

I love the melon and nectarine notes and the deliciously fine bubbles.  Lemon and  peach flavours ooz through to something deliciously dry and fruity – it’s a nicely structured sparkling wine crafted by Jane Cooper and her team at Matahiwi Estate.  It’s a sip that hits the spot in every way and has ‘celebration’ written […]

Hãhã Brut Cuvee NV $22

Brand new on the market, this fresh and fashionable fizz has lovely lemon-shortbread, macadamia nut and peach brioche characters, alongside a long, lean and ultra-crunchy finish. Sip with: Salmon blinis

Saint Clair ‘Dawn’ Methode Traditionelle 2012 $49

Neil Ibbotson had wanted to make a classic sparkling wine ever since he first grew grapes back in 1978.  However in 2012, when his mum Dawn was about to turn 100, the decision was made to finally do it. The result is a biscuity, bottled version of its namesake.  Vibrant, slightly nutty and packed with […]

Fontanafredda Asti DOCG NV $29 ★★★½

With its pillowy mousse, sweet, musky, candied aromas edged with spice and lemon; it’s a tropical treat from Italy that’ll have your mouth watering in no time.  A positively demure 7% alc means you can treat yourself to a couple of glasses over lunch without being sent sideways. Sip with: Pear, blue cheese, candied walnut […]

Rockferry Brut Non-Vintage Chardonnay Pinot Noir $35

Made from from organic vineyards owned by the Hutchison family, this blend of 60% Marlborough chardonnay and 40% Central Otago pinot noir is a rich, nutty, citrus-edged sparkling that has beautiful, biscuity complexity on the finish.  Fine and elegantly structured, it’s a magic méthode that tastesas it looks. Sip with: salmon blinis

Aurum Central Otago Blanc de Blancs 2008 $45

Joan and Tony Lawrence planted their first Pisa Flats vineyard in 1997, and over the coming couple of years, son Brook and daughter-in-law Lucie took over the winemaking side of the story and things have rocketed ahead ever since.  This ‘solely chardonnay’ sparkling wine has those classic, clean, lean, almond meal and lemon shortbread flavours […]

Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco NV $85

If this doesn’t get your Great Gatsby going then I don’t know what will.  One of my favourite champagnes, this exceptionally stylish fizz from the Aÿ region has butterscotch and brioche, shortbread and crushed cashew characters on the nose, followed by crisp, lemony layers on the palate, all clad in a cloud of freshly rising […]

Sileni Estate’s Art Deco Sparkling NV $32

Created in homage to the rebuild of Napier and Hastings cities after the devastating 7.8 1931 earthquake, this fizz was served last week at Hawke’s Bay’s Tremains Art Deco Festival and went down a treat.  I’m not usually a huge sparkling pinot gris fan, however this is dry, clean, perfumed with nashi pear and crushed […]

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