de la Terre Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle 2016

May 18, 2021By Yvonne

de la Terre Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle 2016 $47 Finding high-end fizz from is harder than tracking down an honest politician or an affordable house painter that can fit you in before 2023. Happily however, we’ve forensically combed the region and uncovered this ultra-stylish, lemon, brioche and cashew-layered lovely, and best of … Read More

de la Terre Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle

May 14, 2021By Yvonne

de la Terre Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle 2015 $45 Sourced from Tony Prichard’s vineyards on the lower slopes of Te Mata peak, this blanc de blanc has just been released after the hand-picked grapes were hand-bottled, hand-riddled, hand-disgorged and hand-labelled after 3 years maturing on its yeast lees. And now its hand-some. … Read More

Junction Central Hawke’s Bay Persistence Sparkling 2020

March 26, 2021By Yvonne

Junction Central Hawke’s Bay Persistence Sparkling 2020 $22 Golden in the glass and showing ultra-fine, delicate necklacing of bubbles this sparkling wine from Central Hawke’s Bay’s Takapau Plains, is a secret and curious blend of white grapes designed to raise the eyebrows and pique the curiosity. It’s definitely not your bog standard nutty, yeasty glass … Read More

Quartz Reef Late Disgorged Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010

January 6, 2021By Yvonne

Quartz Reef Late Disgorged Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010 $125 Originally released to celebrate the monumental occasion of 21years since Austrian winemaker Rudi Bauer knocked on the door of the the Perriam family at Bendigo Station and convinced them their land would be the perfect place to grow grapes for supremely good Pinot Noir and … Read More

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago Blanc de Blancs 2015

January 6, 2021By Yvonne

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Central Otago Blanc de Blancs 2015 $79 This is the flagship sparkling wine in the Quartz Reef portfolio, only crafted when the fruit is absolutely perfect and the gods sprinkle fairy dust and fabulousness on the vintage. Produced from 100% certified organic and biodynamic chardonnay by winemaker Rudi Bauer and his … Read More

Spy Valley Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

February 2, 2020By Yvonne

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012 $36.99 I was completely seduced by the tiny, fine bead inside the glass, white gold, glossy, aromas of rising dough, crusty bread, caramelised character and richly structured.  Full, generous, incredibly elegant and finely structured in the mouth.  So stylish, textural and incredibly satisfying. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz

Brown Brother’s King Valley Methodé Traditionnelle 2011

February 2, 2020By Yvonne

Brown Brother’s Patricia King Valley Methodé Traditionnelle 2011 $40 Showing gorgeous maturity and caramelised, biscuity complexity, nutty notes and crisp acidity and very pretty length of flavour. Smooth, seductive and drinking beautifully.

Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle 2010

December 22, 2015By Yvonne

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  

Tohu Rewa Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blanc 2012

November 24, 2015By Yvonne

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 … Read More

Methode Acting…

February 27, 2012By Yvonne

For Richard Riddiford of Martinborough’s Palliser Estate “there are some occasions where only bubbles will do” and I agree with him wholeheartedly.  Over the last twelve months I’ve immersed myself in surfeit of sensational New Zealand sauvignon blanc at the Wine Marlborough Weekend, tantalised my tastebuds with lashings of luscious, lime-laden rieslings at the Summer … Read More