Lindauer Sparkling Wines


Lindauer is New Zealand’s most popular sparkling wine, and as such is easy to take for granted. However one should not dismiss it, as Lindauer is one of New Zealand’s most successful wines and brands. First made from Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay fruit from the 1980 harvest, the wine was released in time for the Christmas of 1981, and was this country’s first commercially available method traditionnelle. Created by Montana Wines, considerable thought and expertise contributed to the very high quality. It was named after Gottfried Lindauer (1839 – 1926) the famous painter of Maori people. Lindauer quickly grew to become the foremost sparkling wine in the country, and a strong export drive has seen it become New Zealand’s most recognised sparkling wine on the international scene. It offered and continues to provide consumers unmatched quality and value.

In 2010, Pernod-Ricard, the parent company owning Lindauer sold it and other brands and assets to Lion Nathan New Zealand, with winemaker partner Indevin taking the Gisborne winery and vineyards. Under Lion, Lindauer has flourished, with a number of the key technical staff responsible for the production from the Montana era continuing to be involved. The Lindauer and Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ ranges have expanded to meet niches in the marketplace. There are carbonated as well as bottle fermented wines, and sparkling wines made in the rosé style, from different varieties, as well as low-alcohol expressions. A limited amount of sparkling non-alcoholic grape juice is also made. The wines are still very high in quality, and regularly win top awards at wine judging competitions both in New Zealand and overseas. The winemaker overseeing Lindauer and its development is Jane De Witt. Here, I review a selection of Lindauer sparkling wines. www.lindauer.co.nz


  • Lindauer ‘Classic’ ‘Summer Blush’ Sparkling NV
  • Lindauer ‘Classic’ Sauvignon Blanc Sparkling NV
  • Lindauer ‘Classic’ Pinot Gris Sparkling NV
  • Lindauer ‘Classic’ ‘Brut Cuvee’ Bottle Fermented NV
  • Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ ‘Cuvee Riche’ Bottle Fermented NV

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