Domaine Joël Delaunay Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV

June 3, 2022By Yvonne

Domaine Joël Delaunay Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV $34.99 From the Touraine region and crafted predominantly from chardonnay, this softly-styled sparkler sings with subtle shortbread, almond and lemon layers which morph into fresh rockmelon and peach notes on the palate. Apple, nougat and rising dough characters permeate the finish. Nicely done. Wine Circle  

Mills Reef Elspeth Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionnelle NV

January 11, 2022By Yvonne

Mills Reef Elspeth Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionnelle NV  $39.95 Wow. Golden in the glass and heaving with heavenly scorched brioche, toasted almond and grilled citrus, it’s got all the hallmarks of thoroughbred champagne at a fraction (and I mean fraction) of the price. Generously proportioned, stacked with baked apple, rising dough notes, soothing caramelised characters … Read More

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