So what better way to welcome a new month than with the arrival of our new sparkling wines from Marlborough, New Zealand. Introducing to you.. No.1 Family Estate!
No. 1 Family Estate was founded in 1997 by Daniel Le Brun, his wife Adele and their children Virginie and Remy. Each of the wines are made using the same process perfected by Daniel’s Champagne-making family in France over the last 12 generations.
The winery is set out with state of the art processing equipment imported from Champagne. They focus on producing limited edition wines, using top quality grapes, which are grown specifically for making Methode Traditionelle wines.
So let’s journey back to where it all began with their No.1 Cuvée Blanc de Blanc NV.
Released in 1999, No.1 Cuvée was the first wine ever produced by the estate. Nowadays, it is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Methode Traditionelle wines, winning numerous gold medals and awards since its release.
No.1 Cuvée is 100% Chardonnay (blanc de blancs) with fresh, vibrant citrus and floral characters. The wine is held on lees for at least two years, allowing the perfect level of maturity. The palate is smooth and seamless with a wonderful balance of acidity, giving a wine of elegance and style!
A cut above most sparkling rose’s, No.1 Cuvée Rosé NV is fresh and lively with subtle hints of cherry and almond. This 100% Pinot Noir is very elegant with a delicate salmon-pink colour and a mass of tiny bubbles. This wine celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough and will continue to age and delight for another two to three years.
No.1 Assemble NV is a fitting stablemate for their Cuvée No 1 (100% Chardonnay) and No 1 Rosé (100% Pinot Noir), as it assembles both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay into a traditional blend.
A non-vintage brut, Assemblé is fresh and inviting with sophisticated and intense flavours of green apples, lime and melon. It’s extremely easy to drink and is a great accompaniment with fresh seafood… prawns and bubbles is a pairing I wouldn’t say no to!
Each year, a limited amount of their No.1 Cuvée is set aside for long-term, ageing on lees and released after several years as a ‘Reserve’. The extended ageing on the lees has given it a more intense flavour with extra richness, complex biscuity notes and a well balanced delicate freshness.
The No.1 Reserve is limited to 1000 bottles, each of which have been individually hand numbered and labelled. We feel extremely lucky to have this added to our portfolio and available for you to purchase.