This effervescent Cuvee is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir to produce an aromatic aperitif style Sparkling wine. The fermentation process has been designed to accentuate the aromas of crisp apples, grapefruit and strawberries combined with delicate brioche characters and a naturally balanced acidity.
- NZ - Other New Zealand
- New Zealand
"Smartly made and packaged New Zealand sparkling. Crafted from chardonnay and pinot noir, yeasty/bready aromas, apple and berry fruit, streams of bubbles. Also in a rose style."
Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury (DEC/2011)
"Combining chardonnay and pinot noir, it’s full of the fresh, fruity flavours of apple and grapefruit."
Marie Claire (DEC/2011)
"The Cuvee is a blend of 80 per cent chardonnay and 20 per cent pinot noir, with aromas of crisp apple, grapefruit and strawberries with a brioche palate."
Drink Trade (NOV/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
This effervescent cuvee of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of crisp apples, grapefruit and strawberries.
The aroma combines with delicate brioche characters and a naturally balanced acidity to produce this aromatic apertif style sparkling wine.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are harvested crushed and quickly chilled to ~4oC. The free run juice is gently pressed out and allowed to settle and clarify for 24-48 hours before racking. The juice is inoculated with carefully selected yeast to augment the flavours and aromas of each batch and allowed to ferment slowly at cool temperatures over several weeks to capture the crisp zesty flavours of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir batch went through partial malolactic fermentation to give greater texture and balance the wines natural acidity with lees stirring to enhance the viscosity and richness of the base wines.