Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs $13 to $14 (11.5% ABV)

So, here I am on a Tuesday morning, surrounded by bottles left over from a big bubbles tasting two and a half weeks ago. And guess which wine offers the best flavour for the lowest price?
If you’re a New Zealander, it may come as no surprise to find that the makers of Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs have nailed a winning formula with their 100% Gisborne Chardonnay fizz, which cruises in with a dry flavour, low-ish alcohol (11.5% ABV) and creamy, soft texture that gives this wine immediate approachability – and makes it appeal to both sparkling wine lovers and Chardonnay fans.

The name means ‘white of whites’ (blanc de blancs) because it is 100% Chardonnay grapes that were grown in Gisborne – New Zealand’s fourth biggest wine region. It over delivers. It offers good value and intense flavours of yeasty, fresh bread and hot pastry.

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