Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle" Sparkling Wine Brut Central Otago (Elsewhere $30)
Wine & Spirits
There’s impressive flavor depth to this clean, firm sparkler, its toasty lees character yielding scents of caramel and tart apple. The texture is creamy and soft, ready to pour with crab.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The non-vintage Methode Traditionelle Sparkling is sourced from Gibbston and Bendigo, displays a captivating nose of oyster shell, orange-blossom and granite; the palate very well-balanced with good acidity and touches of lemon zest, green apple and just a faint hint of elderflower on the bone-dry finish. I doubt you will find a better non-vintage New Zealand sparkler
Biodynamic Pinot/Chardonnay blend. RS 8 g/l. 24 months on lees. Crisp with light lemon and lime fruit on the nose. Crisp and tight and penetrating. Not much autolytic character but plenty of finesse. Dryish.
New Zealand's Quartz Reef makes this "Methode Traditionnelle" sparkling wine, made in the traditional Champagne method. It's riddled and disgorged by hand, to achieve elegance and finesse, at a cost that fits in with mere mortal proportions.This blend of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay from Bendigo, Central Otago shows Gala apple, lime and brioche on the nose with creamy acidity and leesy notes. Focused, fresh and crisp with a beautiful balance and length. Yum!