If anyone is thinking of what to buy me for Christmas, pink bubbles always goes down a treat. Give me a good one and I will be very pleased.
My pink bubbles love affair started a long time ago with Dom Perignon Rosé Vintage 1992. I had never tasted bubbles so tantalising, so sophisticated, so fine. It was the first time also I had seen guys going ga-ga over pink wine. Back then guys wouldn’t be seen dead with a glass of Rosé in their hand, but when it came to Champagne, all inhibitions were left at the door. Sadly Dom Perignon is off my budget and at over NZ$450 a bottle, off the budget of any gift giving friends. Most other pink champagnes are too.
So aren’t we lucky we live in a land where locally made bubbles are almost as impressive and don’t cost the earth. Here are two I’ve tasted recently and highly recommend.
Nautilus Estate Vintage Marlborough Vintage Rose 2011
In the glass this is a delightful candyfloss pink hue with tiny bubbles that just keep on coming. The fantastic yeasty bouquet is infused with delicate strawberry scents and the taste is dry and scintillating with fresh, juicy, ripe strawberries – like strawberry shortcake without any overpowering sweetness. Crisp and refreshing with a dried strawberry/cherry sherbet zing, a bready finish and a subtle hint of tangelo zest, it’s rich, dry and savoury with elegance and finesse.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir that was harvested, chilled overnight, de-stemmed and pressed with the resulting lightly pink juice fermented to dryness. It stayed on lees until full malo had completed, bottled September that year and aged fro two years before disgorging in September 2013.
Alcohol states 12%, there’s a touch of sweetness with 7 grams/litre of residual sugar, and cellar door is $49 a bottle.
Find out more from www.nautilusestate.com.
Akarua Central Otago Rose Brut NV Methode Traditionelle
Made from 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay matured in old oak for at least 18 months, with extended aging on yeast lees in the bottle, there is a slight strawberry tint to the pale pink hue with tiny bubbles rising incessantly from the bottom of the glass. Strawberry features also on the nose and in the palate – even more obvious when you taste a fresh strawberry with the wine. The taste is so creamy, yet at the same time zingy and crisp with a dry ‘sucking on a cherry stone’ finish that is so refreshing. What kind of cherries? They remind me of the tiny cherries that developed from my mothers bush cherry plant (in Auckland) when she didn’t pick all the blossoms for flowers arrangements. This is such a sensational and seductive aperitif wine with a hint of that quintessential Pinot Noir earthiness too.
The bottle states 13% alcohol and RRP is $36.
Find out more from www.akarua.com.
I hope to have a bubbly pink Christmas and you can too!