Akarua Central Otago Brut NV (Methode Traditionelle) 13%
Aged on lees 18 months. Blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Nose and Palate: Distinctively fresh and appealing with its citrus and soft autolysis driven bouquet; a mild complexity adds just the right depth for a drink now or aperitif style. Dry, not too intense with flavors that reflect the nose - softer citrus aspects, for me, add appeal with a fuller notes emerging with the Pinot Noir influence. The mousse is soft and fresh with persistent small bubble action.
I tried this wine with what turned out to be an Italian, Thai and Indian dinner (don't ask). The key is that the wine stood up to all the flavors and textures as well as offered a persistent and lengthy finish. Balanced and well made.