Sparkling wines

OUR DE­LI­CIOUS DOZEN

Dish - - Dish + Puhoi -

1. LIN­DAUER SPE­CIAL RE­SERVE BRUT CU­VEE NV ($15.99) Gold Medal

It’s prob­a­bly get­ting to that stage where this wine should be given “na­tional trea­sure” sta­tus. Its dia­mante-like ap­pear­ance in the glass, pretty, meringue-like foam, del­i­cate bead and so­phis­ti­cated, de­li­ciously dry mouth­feel and lovely acid­ity make it sexy stuff in­deed. “Lovely rich­ness, com­plex­ity, bal­ance and length,” agreed Colin, while An­drew noted it’s bis­cu­ity char­ac­ters, fruit sat­u­ra­tion and a hint of Cam­pari-like com­plex­ity on the fin­ish. It was the stand­out wine of an out­stand­ing top tier, and it just goes to show that world-class bub­bles can be yours for un­der $20.

2. LIN­DAUER CLAS­SIC BRUT CU­VEE NV ($12.99) Gold Medal

“Quite beau­ti­ful to look at in the glass and it ab­so­lutely bursts with nougat, lemon and brioche bo­da­cious­ness,” urged Yvonne. Our judges agreed, with An­drew ad­ding he loved the broad, rich palate, cracked wheat char­ac­ter, short­bread, white choco­late and soft, yel­low fruits. Sachi was se­duced by the caramel un­der­tones and fresh­ness on the fin­ish. This wine has masses of per­son­al­ity, is pil­lowy-tex­tured, el­e­gant and finely tuned – and amaz­ing value for money.

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