This highly distinctive Marlborough wine is only made occasionally – the 2008 vintage (5*) is the last until 2011. It is blend of Pinot Noir (80 per cent) and Chardonnay (20 per cent). The base wines were barrel-aged for a year and after bottling, the blend spent two and a half years on its yeast lees before it was disgorged. Red-hued, it’s almost bone-dry (3 or 4 grams/litre of residual sugar), with strong, ripe, strawberryish, spicy, yeasty flavours, a hint of apricot, and a long finish. A real conversation piece.
Type: Sparkling Wines
Variety: Sparkling Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $59 NZD
Value for Money: AV
Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2013
The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.