No. 1 Family Estate ‘Cuvee Virginie’ Marlborough Methode Traditionelle 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 30-Dec-2016
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues and some depth, paler edged, the bead gently persistent with moderately fine bubbles. The bouquet is fine in concentration with tightly bound and intensely deep aromas of white stonefruits, citrus fruits and white florals, melded with a core of nutty and bready autolysis and nuances of toast. The nose is one of finesse and purity, balanced with subtle complexing detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is vibrant, lively and refreshingly mouthwatering with vigorous effervescence and mousse along with bright, cutting acidity. This has a firm core of white stonefruits and white florals packed with bready and nutty autolysis. The mouthfeel exudes purity, drive and elegant linearity, carrying the wine to a very long and sustained finish unfolding florals and bread. This is a tightly concentrated, refined and pure methode based on Chardonnay with white stonefruits, florals, refreshing cut and vitality, complexed by bread, yeast and nutty autolysis, and toasty complexities. Truly a feminine expression. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and with fine white meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 80% Mendoza clone Chardonnay and 20% clone 10/5 Pinot Noir fermented to 12.0% alc., with 4 g/L dosage, the wine spending over 4 years on lees. The wine was disgorged in August 2015. 19.0/20 Dec 2016 RRP $85.00

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