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Aotea Nelson Methode Traditionnelle NV

Originally created as an on-premise range, the ‘Aotea’ brand is now Seifried Estate’s premium label. Many award-winning wines have been released from the Nelson pioneering winemaking family under the brand. The latest offering is the Aotea Methode Traditionnelle NV, actually a 2011 vintage wine, finished and released to mark 40 years of winemaking by the company’s founders Hermann and Agnes Seifried. The making of the wine was inspired by winemaker son Chris spending vintage at Champagne Bauget-Jouette in Epernay in 2010. It is an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and I see the latter variety showing prominently. I review the wine here.

Aotea Nelson Methode Traditionnelle NV
Bright straw-yellow colour with a suggestion of gold, pale on the rim with a vigorous bead of moderately fine bubbles. The nose is elegantly concentrated with good depth and intensity of white and yellow stonefruits, and white floral elements entwined with complexing brioche and yeasty autolysis. The nose is well-proportioned and balanced, unfolding notes of toast and yeast extract. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound with a core of white stonefruits and florals, along with mineral notes interwoven with bready-yeasty autolysis. The mouthfeel has very fine phenolic textures and a creamy mousse and effervescence, balanced by refreshing, racy acidity. The wine has linearity and carries the white stonefruit and bready flavours to a long, firm finish. This is a taut method traditionnelle with white stonefruit, floral and bready flavours and a fine-textured, refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 3+ years. An equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the estate ‘Cornfield’ and ‘Brightwater’ vineyards, the fruit hand-picked, all 2011 vintage, and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 1 g/L RS, with full MLF, the wine aged 4 years on lees, being disgorged in September 2016. Lot L2054. 18.0/20 Jan 2017 RRP $39.00
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