Published NZME Regional Newspapers Sat 10 Oct 2015


There’s something about the onset of Spring which sparks the desire for something well, sparkling.

Mimi Sparkling Pink $13.99 ★★★½Mimi Pink Sparkling Wine

Aromas of delicate strawberry shortcake and cranberry cashew trail mix lead the way to soft cherry, breadcrust and biscuit flavours.  It’s fresh, smooth, lengthy and the mind boggles as to how they make this wine at such a low price?  Serve chilled and with salmon blinis.  Widely available.


Georges Michel Methode Traditionelle NVGeorges Michel Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blancs NV $25 ★★★½

If you’re new to the whole idea of sparkling sauvignon blanc – or if you’ve found many to be too sweet then fret not because Georges Michel is here to help.  This is a blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc that’s scented with cut grass, a lick of passionfruit and soft smoky notes.  Clean, delicate, herbaceous and nicely balanced.


Dunes & Greene Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV $19 ★★★Dunes & Greene Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

A creamy, peach & lemony sparkler from Angaston in South Australia crafted by winemaker Teresa Heuzenroeder that will please the crowds if served super chilled.  There’s a hint of musky spice on the finish which I think would make it a winner with soft, creamy cheeses.