TOP SPARKLING WINE Daniel Le Brun NV Marl­bor­ough) -2 $30 ★★★★★

Cuisine - - SPARKLING WINE -

DANIEL LE BRUN NV is sourced from 13 dif­fer­ent vine­yards across the Wairau Val­ley with the va­ri­etal mix be­ing 60% chardon­nay and 40% pinot noir. To layer in depth, there is an im­pres­sive 27% of older re­serve wine in the fi­nal blend. This is a fine, fresh style with lovely fo­cussed fruit that makes for a ter­rific aper­i­tif-style sparkling. Well-de­fined lines suit the el­e­gant flavour pro­file of cit­rus, chalk and yeasty bread. This year’s top sparkling comes from a house that first put down roots in Marl­bor­ough in the 1970s. Al­though the winery has since changed own­er­ship, its un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to qual­ity and de­tail keeps this house at the top of its game.

For qual­ity and value, there is a won­der­ful spec­trum from prosecco to more com­plex, meth­ode tra­di­tionelle, vin­tage wines. JOHN BELSHAM

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