The nose displays depth and elegance with subtle hints of sea shell and citrus. A captivating long fine palate with flavours of citrus and brioche enhanced by toasty, nutty and yeasty notes, leading a long crisp brut finish. Akarua Vintage Brut 2011 is a wine of character and complexity.
VINEYARD Harvested out of the lower Awatere Valley in Marlborough. VINIFICATION 50% whole bunch pressed to preserve aromatics, it was then fermented cool in stainless steel and allowed to sit on lees for an extended period to develop body and texture. APPEARANCE Pale straw in colour. BOUQUET A vibrant bouquet displaying classic passion fruit and gooseberries with a hint of flintiness. PALATE A broad and luscious palate exhibiting citrus tones with a backbone of crisp acidity. CELLARING It is ready to drink now and is best served slightly chilled. SERVING TEMPERATURE 14-16oC FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTS A platter of icey cold raw oysters. Fresh crayfish cooked on the BBQ served with buttered crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
Strawberry notes dance across a creamy palate of soft summer fruits with a vibrant citrus finish. A benchmark Central Otago sparkling rosé from fastidious producers, this is just disgorged and beautifully fresh.
Consisting predominantly of Chardonnay blended with Pinot Noir this Méthode Traditionnelle was made to exacting standards using time-honoured techniques. Adapting the Méthode Marlborough stringent criteria, it was carefully crafted from our own fine Marlborough grapes, skilfully blended, twice fermented and aged on lees for at least 18 months. A hint of yeastiness and huge acid backbone linger behind abundant wild lemon and citrus fruit aromas. This is followed by a voluptuously long-lasting and creamy finish. This wine boasts a silkily sparkling texture and fine, persistent mousse. ABV: 12.5%
A fun and vibrant New Zealand sparkling wine with a medium sweet flavour suitable for a wide range of wine drinkers. The 50:50 blend of Muscat and Muller Thurgau provides a full fruity flavour that is enhanced by the fresh approachable style of the bubbles. Best enjoyed served chilled and as a refreshing companion for celebration. Launched in 1997, Aquila is now New Zealand's number one selling sparkling wine which exemplifies fun, vitality and excitement. Its colour is light gold and it displays a floral, fruity lifted nose. Refreshing mandarin and fresh grape flavours are complemented by a honeyed sweetness. Best enjoyed immediately but may be kept for up to one year.
A lower alcohol style (containing 6.0% ABV), Banrock Station Moscato displays fresh summer fruits and grape flavours, with a sweet muscaty character. This wine is lively, grapey and easy to drink. A gentle spritz give the palate a lively, rich finish. ABV: 6%
Gently spritzed, and a lower alcohol style (6.0% ABV), the Banrock Station Pink Moscato displays fresh, floral aromatic notes with a touch of sherbet and musk. The palate exhibits a delicate fairy floss character and red grapefruit spice. The natural fruit sweetness is balanced with the fresh acid finish and the gentle spritz gives the wine a refreshing touch. ABV: 6%
Baron De Mendo BDBlanc 750ml:
Pale gold in colour with delicate bubbles. A light and refreshing bouquet of white fruit and fresh flowers. The palate is elegant, fresh with hints exotic fruits and finishes with crisp acidity.
A fantastically accessible, light, and dry sparkling wine. Made from a variety of grapes, such as Ugni Blanc and Airen, this wine has fresh, crisp notes of peach, apple and pear. Fine and persistent bubbles, a delicate fruity nose and a fresh and harmonious palate
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