When you think sparkling white wines I realise that many fans of the popular drop probably don't think of New Zealand. Even a New Zealand wine expert once told me to not get too excited about NZ sparkling wines just yet and that only a few producers were starting to show some promise. However, Lindauer have been making affordable sparkling wines since 1981 and the New Zealand climate is more than capable of producing some great results. To put my views into perspective though, if I was told to list all the wine styles I like in order, a sparkling brut is going to be a clear contender for my final placing... it is just not a style of wine I would ever choose to drink but this is not at all to say that I haven't enjoyed some great sparkling whites and Champagnes over the years and indeed there have been some standouts, some of which where made in the brut style.
With that in mind, coupled with the comments I had been given on New Zealand sparklings by an expert, I can't say I had high hopes when this wine arrived at my door. However, when I finally got around to trying it I gave credit where credit was due as it wasn't bad at all... in fact it was good. Take the $15 price tag into account and the fact that larger retailers sell it for a few bucks less than that and it's going to be great if you're a fan of sparkling bruts. Lindauer can also claim that at the recent 2011 International Sparkling Wine Symposium, the range of wines submitted by Lindauer all achieved over 90 points, outscoring many well known Champagne houses!
Should you need any further incentive to get out and try it, as a 30th Anniversary special, during March and April anyone who buys a bottle of Lindauer Brut can enter into a competition to win a week in New York!
Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV
Price - $14.95 at a variety of retailers
Region - Gisborne, New Zealand
Final Sip - If you're going out to buy a sparkling white wine under $20 you have plenty of choices so why not buy the one that punches above it's weight for the cost AND is giving you a chance to win a holiday! You'd be as silly as the Beached Az whale if you brought anything else!