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2012 Highfield Elstree Vintage Brut

2012 Highfield Elstree Vintage Brut

92 Points Richard Caro
2012 Highfield Elstree Vintage Brut
92 Points Richard Caro

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A fine vintage Methode from Marlborough -- the Elstree from Highfiled offers serious quality. Concentrated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (50% each) get a full 3 years aging on yeast lees, with the result an elegant and refined bubbles with real citrus length rounded by biscuity nuances. This is a staff favourite and even at its normal $37 it would be much better than the price. At $29.99 this proper Methode must be some of the best value on the NZ market.

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Elsewhere up to $36.99 Save $7 $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay

Its Origins

The name Highfield originates from the Walsh family, who hailed from Ireland. They purchased their 365-acre Marlborough farm in 1935 and named it Highfield after an area near Galway Bay in their homeland. On Highfield farm the Walsh family grew crops, grazed stock and bred horses, eventually handing over the reins to their son Bill and his wife Barbara. Bill was of an entrepreneurial nature, always ready to consider a new venture, and in the mid ‘70’s when he heard that a major New Zealand wine company was considering planting grapes in Marlborough he decided to try his hand. Bill’s first planting was 2 ½ acres of Muller Thurgau, a medium sweet German grape variety that produced wine meant for drinking young. Before long Highfield’s plantings increased. Quite by accident, Bill and another local grape grower discovered some “rogue” grapes amongst the Muller Thurgau vines in the vineyard. Unsure as to just exactly what these infiltrators were, they took cuttings. The plants that subsequently grew proved to be none other than Sauvignon Blanc. The quality of the wine produced from these grapes encouraged the Walsh family to make and market wine under their own label. In 1990 the long-awaited opening of the Highfield winery took place and things took off.

What The Critics Say

4.5 Stars Michael Cooper (2010 vintage)

"Still on sale, the 2010 vintage (4.5*) was made from hand-picked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and disgorged after three years on its yeast lees. Pale lemon/green, it is a drier style than most sparklings (5 grams/litre of residual sugar), lemon-scented, punchy and vivacious, with strong citrusy, toasty flavours, tight and lively."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Methode Traditionelle

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    Marlborough

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

This Wine Goes Well With

with CANAPES
with SALMON
with SHELLFISH

Taste

2

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