Wine: Pick of the Bunch
Three new bottles of bubbles to toast the warmer weather
1. Gibbston Valley Winery 2011 Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionelle $110
This limited-edition “refreshingly dry” Central Otago wine has been ageing in the Gibbston Valley cellars for the past five years, staying true to French production methods. The wines have benefited from “the best fruit, some very gentle winemaking, and a whole lot of time”, according to chief winemaker Christopher Keys. Also available in rosé; purchase direct from the winery.
2. Allan Scott Cecilia Brut Methode Traditionnelle NV $26
The woman behind the man, Catherine Cecilia Scott, is recognised with this new wine from Allan Scott Family Winemakers, a tribute to Allan’s wife who was by his side when the family’s first vineyards were planted in Marlborough in 1975. Made mostly from chardonnay, the wine has "subtle lemony aromas" and is full of strawberries and stonefruit flavours. allanscott.com
3. Maurice Vesselle Champagne Millesimie Brut 2004 Grand Cru Vintage $81
Half-pinot noir, half-chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards and Bouzy and Tours sur Marne, this Champagne has mandarin, floral, oatmeal and almond flavours. threefrenchvines.com