From Marlborough’s first family of fizz, No.1 Family Estate this pink Methode Traditionnelle is a first for proprietor and winemaker Daniel Le Brun. Made solely from Pinot Noir, picked early in the season to retain that all important acidity, it’s like a Christmas present containing all the goodies you’ve ever wanted in a sparkling rose.
The elegantly-shaped bottle with its small but perfectly formed label is a graceful addition to the table while the wine itself is destined to contribute to a celebratory mood, regardless of the occasion.
Well-coloured with coppery pink hues, as the glass fills and the bubbles rush out, they form a fine, persistent bead. The nose reminds me of when I was an art student opening a new packet of cartridge paper – that wonderful fresh, clean smell adding to the anticipation of using the first page in the same way these aromas build anticipation for that first taste.
Toasted almonds, freshly poached rhubarb and cassis combine to give a significant and as it turns out, accurate indication of the flavours. Once on the palate, these are complemented by a suggestion of sweetness, yet balanced with an almost marmite (English marmite!) hint on the finish. Complex and rewarding with many a layer, this wine conveys both power and elegance in a clever combination that intrigues and leaves you wanting more.
Needless to say this wine comes highly recommended by me and has every chance of being part of my Christmas Day celebrations. RRP about $40NZD