Methode Marlborough is a society that has set out to establish a gold-plated standard for the Marlborough sparkling wine industry, by identifying those wines made in the traditional way, to a set of criteria that meet the required quality level. For a wine to fit under the Methode Marlborough umbrella, the fruit must fall within the designated varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, and must have been sourced from the Marlborough region; the second fermentation is required to have been done in the bottle, with the wine riddled and disgorged. The minimum time on lees before disgorging is 18 months, as it is only after this point that the autolysis characters from time with the lees are developed, along with an appropriate finesse to the bead. If you're searching for a top-quality New Zealand sparkling wine, this is where you'll find it.
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