Daniel Le Brun Methodes and Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Wines from LionCo


The brewery giant Lion has long maintained a strong wine division, with the distribution of several high profile New Zealand wine brands that have performed very well. Lion over the years has acquired a further number of wine producers and labels strengthening their wine presence in the marketplace. One of the most significant was the purchase of Wither Hills in 2002. In 2007, Lion picked up the Daniel Le Brun method traditionnelle brand from the Nightingale family and co-owners, and this was followed by the acquisition of several Pernod-Ricard labels following the latter’s divestment of plant and vineyard assets in the Gisborne region. This brought to the Lion portfolio the very important Lindauer sparkling wines, as well as Corbans and its associated labels. The Morton Estate brand was purchased by Lion in 2014. Along with many other highly recognised and successful labels, the Lion wine portfolio is among this country’s largest and holds a most significant market share. Here, I review three wines from Daniel Le Brun, these being beautifully refined, and two bolder ‘Black Label’ wines from Morton Estate. www.lionco.com


  • Daniel Le Brun Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
  • Daniel Le Brun Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Rosé NV
  • Daniel Le Brun Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2012
  • Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Methode Brut NV
  • Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

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