Archive for November, 2008

“New Zealand is making some of the most thrilling wines in the world.” Oz Clarke

November 17, 2008

And No 1 Family Estate is right at the top!!!

Imagine a life dedicated to producing world-class sparkling wine. It’s no wonder Daniel and Adele LeBrun, owners of New Zealand’s N° 1 Family Estate, have an outlook that can only be described as … effervescent! 

An early pioneer and advocate of grape growing in the renowned Marlborough region, Daniel Le Brun sees this area as the world’s only true rival to the Champagne region. He applies the same winemaking processes that his family has perfected over 12 generations in Champagne. 

N°  1 Family Estate is committed exclusively to the production of premium Methode Tratitionelle sparkling wines. This acclaimed small winery consistently earns Gold Medals and numerous accolades throughout the world. We’re delighted to present the limited-edition wines of this family estate!

In the past Daniel Le Brun has won a record number of awards for methode champenoise and numerous overseas accolades awards, including.

  • – Trophy for Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine for Cuvée No 1 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in the United Kingdom.
  • – Cuvée Number Eight received the Trophy for Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine of the Year Runner-Up from Winestate Wine of the Year Awards, Australia.
  • – Cuvée Numbe One Sparkling Wine of Year, Wine State Magazine Dec 2007
  • – Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast

Cuvée N° 1

Throughout his career, the Cuvée N° 1 blanc de blancs bottling by

no1-cuve_e-logoDaniel Le Brun has garnered rave reviews. This stylish sparkler delivers a perfect balance between fruit and yeast. Its consistently tiny bead and firm mousse speak to its noble heritage as a top-notch Methode Traditionell wine.

Lively and subtle at the same time, Cuvée N° 1 shows complex layers of fruit, brioche and toasted nuts. Its elegant array of flavors complements many foods, and it’s the kind of wine that makes us say, “Bubbles all the time!”

Cuvée N° Eight

The number eight represents good luck, achievement, abundance no-8and

success in Chinese numerology. And that’s what this sparkling wine is all about! It’s fresh, inviting and undeniably easy-drinking. 

Cuvée No. 8 from Marlborough’s N°. 1  Family Estate is an award-winning blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. With sophisticated champagne-like character, this easy-drinking bubbly offers engaging citrus notes and a remarkably refined finish.  

The best part is finding these wines can be a treasure hunt that will take you to the better wine shops and restaurants.

Torlesse Pinot Noir

November 17, 2008

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For the past decade, New Zealand has been a rising star in the world of Pinot Noir. Bottlings from small producers like Torlesse showcase the beautiful character and elegance that result from careful nurturing in the vineyards and cellar. This Pinot has it all ? sweet plummy fruit, subtle spiciness and the refined complexity that mark a classic Pinot Noir. Torlesse winemaker Kym Rayner practically coddles this wine. He gains maximum color and full flavor extraction by fermenting in small vessels, hand-plunging the cap and allowing the wine to sit another 10 days on the grapeskins. In the classic Burgundian style, the wine is gently pressed in a traditional basket press and aged in French oak. Lots of work by Kym means an exceptional wine for us! This Pinot is excellent with lamb, beef and full-flavored pasta dishes.

New Zealand Pinot Noir Tasting

November 17, 2008

Interesting Pinot Noir tasting in New Zealand last week. This tasting had a different twist in that both consumers and wine professionals were given the chance to taste and ackowledge their favorites.

They did agree that New Zealand is crafting some very lovely Pinot’s right now and much pleasure for those who seek them out.

Torlesse Wines, winemaker Kym Rayner has a special project called Omihi Road that was a consumer favorite.

Video summary of the event is located at New Zealand’s TV 3