First-Rate Fizz

By Jo Burzynska
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle; Osawa Prestige Collection Hawke’s Bay Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV. Pictures / Supplied.

Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle 2009 $45-50
Quartz Reef produces some of the country's benchmark bubbly that always displays real finesse. This vintage release presents a classic profile of crisp apple, lifted citrus and sweet pastry that leads to a nutty, yeasty finish. From The Village Winery, Point Wines, Glengarry, Caro's,

Osawa Prestige Collection Hawke's Bay Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV $50
Osawa's inaugural methode traditionnelle is a powerful but elegant wine that's spent almost three years on its yeast lees. This gives it a rich nutty savoury character, which along with its notes of ripe apple is nicely juxtaposed by fresh, citrusy acidity. From Scenic Cellars, Advintage Wines, Cambridge Fine Wines, Blanc.

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