No. 1 Family Estate ’70 Calibre Cuvee’ ‘Pionnier’ Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 22-Dec-2015
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with a suggestion of a soft blusg, very persistent, moderately fine bead. The bouquet is broad and softly voluminous with layers of savoury yellow stonefruits and subtle red berry fruits harmoniously interwoven and expressed with refinement, the fruit entwined with restrained and stylish bready autolysis, unveiling complexing aldehyde and nutty nuances, with soft florals and honied suggestions. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is softly and harmoniously present, and appears complete as the flavours fill the palate. Savoury yellow stonefruits, red berry fruits and bready autolytic notes form an integrated amalgam. This has a softly concentrated and deep core, the flavours and effervescence melded with the textural structure. The phenolics grow seamlessly in presence to provide grip, drive and line, yet is not overbearing in any way. The wine carries to a long, lively and succulently fruited, textural finish with yellow stonefruits and hints of biscuits, red berries and bread. This is a very full, harmonious, mouthfilling, yet remarkably elegant Blanc de Noirs method with yellow and red fruits, restrained autolysis and significant structure. Serve as an aperitif, with cheeses and poultry and pork over the next 4-5 years. 90% Pinot Noir clone 10/5, and 10% Pinot Meunier from north-south facing vines, with 12.5% alc. and 2.0 g/L residual sugar, the wine spending 30 months on lees. (Tasted from 1.5 Litre magnum.) 19.0/20 Dec 2015 RRP $70.00 (750 ml bottle)

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