Margrain ‘La Michelle’ Martinborough Methode Traditionnelle 2011

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 20-Feb-2014
Two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay, fermented to 12.7% alc. and 4 g/L dosage, the wine aged on lees 24 months. Lot L3016. Future lots to have over 30 months lees aging. Bright, blush-tinged pale salmon colour, the bead very fine and with good persistence. This has a full and softly packed bouquet of ripe yellow stonefruits, very Pinot Noir in expression, melded with punchy bready-yeasty autolysis aromas, revealing toasty elements in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, full, soft and harmoniously integrated flavours of savoury yellow fruits are intermixed with bread, yeast and toasty notes. The palate is up-front and has good depth at the core with a smooth, mellow mouthfeel. A little fruit sweetness and richness enhances the creamy textures, the effervescence soft and fluffy. The flavours of toasted bread and yeast recede on the finish, and are carried by fine, dry textures. This is a full, harmonious methode traditionnelle with soft bread, yeast and toastiness. Serve as an aperitif and with roasted poultry over the next 3+ years. 17.5+/20 Feb 2014 RRP $38.00

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