Classically flinty Blanc de Blancs style with an ethereal texture and fine, drying acidity. Delicate yet powerful wine showing a mix of toasty autolysis characters with mineral, apple and citrus flavours. Very attractive.
This label was the first release under No. 1 Family Estate. This is 100% Chardonnay, fermented to 12.0% alc and carries 7.0 g/L dosage. This bottling spent nearly 3 years on lees. Light straw-yellow with a pale edge, this has a fine bubble. The aromatics are classical Blanc de Blancs, with fresh, vibrant citrus and floral characters. The autolysis is subtle, but definite, with bready-toasty elements, and in excellent harmony with the fruit. Dry on palate, there is a richness to the fruit and the faintest phenolic texture providing some backbone. The floral-nutty fruit is predominant over the yeastiness and makes this a wine of sweet delicacy. The mousse opens and adds flourish to the finish. A lovely aperitif or seafood wine.
I'm super excited to finally be offering the wines of No. 1 Family Estate! We are now working with a small artisinal importer to bring these wines direct to you. These wines made by Daniel Le Brun wines have long been considered some of the finest produced in all of New Zealand. Daniel Le Brun's family have been growing grapes in Champagne since 1684! In the early 1980s he moved from Champagne to NZ to pursue his dream of making Méthode Traditionelle wines in Marlborough. Coincidentally K&L also direct imports Daniel's nephew's wines from Champagne under the label - Champagne Alexandre Le Brun! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Note's: "The wine is 100% chardonnay (blanc de blancs). A perfect balance between ripe, fresh fruit and toasty yet creamy yeast. The wine is held on lees for two years or more allowing the perfect level of maturity. It displays a fine, consistent bead and firm mousse resulting in a complex character. The palate is smooth and seamless with a wonderful balance of acidity, giving a wine of elegance and style. No. 1 Cuvee was the first wine produced by No. 1 Family Estate. It is renowned throughout New Zealand and internationally winning numerous trophies (including IWSC and Winestate), gold medals and five star awards since its release. Alcohol: 12% - Dosage: 7g/L"
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