Some rave reviews for our New Zealand wines in Gourmet Traveller Wine:

TOP 12 TASTED & RATED - NZ SPARKLING WINES

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle NV

“A blend of Pinot Noir (61%) and Chardonnay (39%) from the Bendigo district of Central Otago. It’s a weighty wine with an appealing bite of fresh acidity that fades to leave a soft and beguiling suggestion of sweetness on the finish (the wine has been given a dosage of eight grams per litre). A nice mix of austere citrus and mineral fruit flavours with fine, toasty yeast autolysis. The currently available cuvee has been in bottle for two years after being disgorged.“

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2007

“A blend of Chardonnay 80 per cent, and Pinot Noir 20 percent, that has been aged on the lees for four years. The fine, toasty character of Chardonnay dominates although the Pinot Noir adds a hint of richness chocolate box character. It’s a tight, youthful wine with good bready, nutty autolysis character. Stylish vintage Methode from an excellent vintage. A hot prospect for further bottle-age, which should promote an even creamier texture and greater complexity.”

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Mud House Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010, Golden Terraces

“Deep and youthful colour. Bright, fresh berry, dark cherry and plum flavours with a seasoning of spices and nutty oak. Perfectly balanced with an appealing soft texture and drying finish. Lovely wine offering great drinking now.”

Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

“Supple, succulent Pinot Noir with sweet cherry, plum and a hint of spice. Very appealing if lacking a little complexity. Balanced and long - a real crowd pleaser. A seductive wine that offers great value at this price.“

Craggy Range Riesling 2011, Te Muna Road Vineyard

“Aromatic Riesling with concentrated mineral, lime and subtle floral flavours. Poised and powerful, with a wonderfully pure texture. Made in off-dry to medium-dry style, giving plenty of tension between sweetness and acidity.”

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