93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
If you're after a bottle of premium kiwi bubbles, you can't go past The Griffin Methode Traditionelle from the guys at Palliser Estate. Made from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, the wine has undergone full malolactic fermentation and 3 years on lees, resulting in a deliciously creamy palate which is nicely balanced by vibrant acidity. A stunning special occasion wine.
The winery writes "The Chardonnay component leads, with an explosion of white and yellow stone fruits on creamy palate with a thrilling hint of salinity, like a sea breeze in your face. Pinot Noir provides the architecture of the wine, with finely detailed phenolics and the faintest earthy notes like porcini mushroom filling out the finish. The acidity is fine and vibrant, the finish long and complex."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex, toasty and nutty bouquet with aromas of baked white fleshed fruits, some citrus and cashew nut. There's a mix of mineral fruit spice with a complex leesy autolysis. Crisp, complex and dry. A very sophisticated Methode best enjoyed on its own as an aperitif. Lengthy finish, well made and ready."