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

Ash Ridge Ariel Blanc de Blanc 2018

April 8, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Ariel Blanc de Blanc 2018 $45 Named after the yacht that the founder of Ash Ridge used to sail in the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race, this wine has bought an elegant, international feel to the portfolio of Ash Ridge for sure. Ripe and fruity and so full of flavour – it’s … Read More

Ash Ridge Ariel Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc 2018

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Ariel Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc 2018 $45 This classy Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay), was crafted in the traditional vintage Champagne method where the initial base wine was barrel fermented and left on lees for 1 year before being bottled and re-fermented to build its ultra-fine mousse (bubbles), and then left again … 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

O:TU Limited Release Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blanc Brut 2018

December 16, 2020By Yvonne

O:TU Limited Release Methode Traditionelle Blanc de Blanc Brut 2018 $36 Crafted entirely from chardonnay, this biscuity, cashew-edged, creamy example is laced with lemon and finishes with a toasty, nutty line. Smooth and textural, with fine, delicate beading and a persistent, very pleasurable mousse. http://www.otuwine.com  

Moana Park Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc NV

December 12, 2019By Yvonne

Moana Park Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc NV  $24.99 While the print on the label did remind me of a B&B bedspread and the brown writing is all a bit 1990’s wedding invitation, once that cork is popped, it’s all modern class and style. Scented with almond, lemon shortbread and cream, there’s an underlying bagel … Read More

Alpha Domus Cumulus Blanc de Blanc 2012 $34 (4.5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

Crafted from 100% Bridge Pa Triangle chardonnay, this fantastic local fizz is heaving with clean, pillowy, almond, Huntly & Palmers cream crackers and brioche notes on the nose and layers of lemon shortbread and rising dough notes on the palate.  With its fine bead, delicate, yet persistent mousse and biscuity length of flavour – it’s … Read More

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

Wright’s Vineyard Entity Methode Traditionnelle 2010

February 12, 2012By Yvonne

Wright’s Vineyard ‘Entity’ Methode Traditionnelle 2010 $25  Made entirely from chardonnay, this is an organically produced Blanc de Blanc from Gisborne’s Ormond Valley, and if you’re expecting something frilly and feminine – forget it.  This fizz reflects the ‘chaos factor’ of family life for Geoff and Nicola Wright as they work hard to maintain their … Read More