Winery notes (NV)
"Our Aotea Méthode Traditionnelle is a very special wine. Two parcels of fruit were hand picked at ideal ripeness for this classical Méthode Traditionnelle Cuvée. The Pinot Noir is from our Challies Vineyard while the Chardonnay comes from our Rabbit Island Vineyard. The blend is 52/48 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The grapes were hand harvested during the cool early hours of the day and brought to the winery quickly for processing. The free-run juice from the press was cold settled overnight before being racked, warmed and inoculated. A smooth ferment progressed to dryness, followed by malolactic fermentation. The young wine was then prepared for bottle fermentation and aged on lees for an extended period. In January 2021 the wine was finished and it was released in May 2021.
The Aotea Méthode Traditionnelle is gorgeous in the glass with pale golden tinge and a fine mousse. The nose is toasty and nutty, with a hint of grapefruit. Palate entry is generous with layers of brioche, cinnamon, and cirtrus flavours."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2021 (NV)
"Pristine and elegantly complex, the bouquet shows nectarine, Gala apple, oatmeal and lemon peel aromas. It's equally charming on the palate displaying fine texture and flowing mouthfeel well supported by vibrant acidity, finishing long and mouth-watering."