QUARTZ REEF METHODE NV CENTRAL OTAGO
This is one of New Zealand’s best bubbles and comes from Pinot Central; also known as Central Otago, a region that is characterised by having 80% of its vineyards planted in Pinot Noir.
Quartz Reef Brut NV began life when winemaker Rudi Bauer teamed up with a visiting French winemaker Clothilde Chauvet (daughter of champagne maker Marc Chauvet). Together they pioneered this high quality, traditional method sparkling wine, using mostly Pinot Noir (now 72% of the blend) with the balance being Chardonnay. The wine is typically aged for two years on lees in bottle following its second fermentation - longer than most champagnes. No wonder it massively over delivers on both taste and price. This is a stunning sparkling wine. Ignore at your peril.