OUR DELICIOUS DOZEN
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.