Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Double Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
Pale golden in colour with yeasty aromas on the nose. Very dry but with toasty flavours in the mouth. Round and richly flavoured, full bodied and mature, with perfect balance between firmness and freshness, length equal to its richness, and with a persistent fine bead. In champagne terms, this is the definitive "masculine" style. The high percentage of pinot noir ensures a full-bodied, rich style and the addition of 5 to 10% reserve wines (each aged up to fifteen years) give complexity and depth. Yeast on the nose, dry and toasty in the mouth, with great length and perfect balance.
4 ½ Stars Cuisine Over $100 Champagne Tasting, October 2019 (NV)
"Generous with toasty, slightly herbal aromas that lead to a wonderfully chalky palate with an underlay of walnuts and almond notes. A delicate yet savoury style with terrific concentration."
Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine, April 2019 (NV)
"I’m an unashamed fan of Bollinger Champagne. I recently tasted the family of wines at an event to celebrate the release of their flagship label, 2004 Bollinger R.D that carries a reassuringly expensive price tag. The star for me was not the excellent 2004 R.D but the “house style” NV Special Cuvée. It is a delicious drop with roasted apple, brioche and nutty flavours. Beautifully integrated and wonderfully harmonious with an intriguing array of subtle flavours supported by perfect acidity."