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Julion and Maxime

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on March 21, 2017

There has been more than a soupçon of French-ness in the winery recently thanks to Maxime Gerlier and Julion Pernet, two young champagne makers who are visiting us from France.

Julion comes from Mancy, a village just 5 minutes from Daniel’s hometown of Monthélon. His grandmother was a Le Brun and he makes his champagne with his father at Pernet-Lebrun. Maxime is a champagne maker at Vincent Gerlier and has plans to open his own champagne house. They are visiting us at No. 1 Family Estate to experience a NZ vintage under Daniel’s watchful eye.

“It’s the same but different in NZ,” says Maxime. “In the winery, we do things the same way as we do in France but there are differences in the vineyard.”

“We have no birds eating our grapes” he says, “so we never have to put nets on our vines”. Instead, because the canes in Champagne grow lower to the ground than they do in NZ, the problem is rabbits. They are also eager to see first hand the different pruning methods used in NZ and are enjoying our better weather which is not just good for the grapes but for winemakers avoiding a northern hemisphere winter! 

Not surprisingly, many of the words that we use to describe Méthode Traditionelle are French  - liqueur de tirage, dégorgement,  remuage are just a few -  so Julion and Maxime feel right at home. It’s a different story with our kiwi accents though. The kiwi pronunciation of the French words makes them smile and our fast-paced Kiwi English leaves them scratching their heads.

Obviously proud of their Champagne heritage, Maxime and Julion are eager to learn as much as they can from the innovations Daniel has made in his 40 year career as a wine maker in NZ. It’s about holding onto traditions but being open to innovation, they say.

For these Frenchmen who, like Daniel, have champagne running in their veins, it’s always about the bubbles and, like true gentlemen, they would not be drawn on which they prefer.”They are all good,” they say and we couldn’t agree more.

Always time for Bubbles

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on March 13, 2017

Cameron Douglas, New Zealand's first and only master sommelier, wine judge, commentator and educator has awarded four of No. 1 Family Estate Méthode Traditionnelle wines top scores in his recent sparkling wine feature article "Always time for bubbles" (FMCG Business, April 2017) and we are delighted.

Here's what Cameron had to say:

No. 1 Family Estate Cuvée Virginie Méthode Traditionnelle 2009, 97/100 points

Sophisticated bouquet with a great vintage and bottle age offering aromas of complexity, elegance and total charm. Baked goods, Portuguese lemon tart and stone fruits, old rose. On the palate - a finely beaded mousse cushions flavours of citrus and peach, fine autolysis development and crisp lengthy finish. A delightful wine wither several years of pleasure yet to be discovered. Order yours HERE.

No. 1 Family Estate Rosé Méthode Traditionnelle NV, 96/100 points

Attractive, fresh, lively and precise bouquet. Aromas of flowers, light red fruits, cherry and just picked strawberry, mild to moderate autolysis and a touch of intrigue. On the palate - crisp, fresh, dry and packed with a gentle charm. The mousse is silky and fine, flavours balanced and elegant with a brioche and lightly toasted autolysis charm; very long finish. Order yours HERE.

No. 1 Family Estate Assemblé Méthode Traditionnelle NV, 96/100 points

Alluring and intense bouquet, aromas of bread and brioche, peach and citrus, a light white flower note adds charm and depth, quite complex overall. On the palate - generous, full, rich in flavour and presence, flavours of roasted stone fruits and baked lemon, butter brioche and Arnott's Round Wine biscuit. Fine persistent mousse and lengthy finish. Order yours HERE.

No. 1 Family Estate No. 1 Cuvée  Méthode Traditionnelle NV, 95/100 points

Very attractive bouquet, complex and sophisticated without being pushy, aromas of brioche and toasty autolysis set against a background of citrus and white strawberry. On the palate - fresh, crisp and delicious; flavours of grapefruit and apple, some lemons and plenty of autolysis undertones, fine mousse and lengthy finish. What's not to like? Order yours HERE.

Cameron also writes about the evolution of New Zealand's Méthode Traditionnelle : "New Zealand's sparkling wine production has been built on the foundation of understanding the Méthode Traditionelle technique and growing ripe fruit with naturally high acid to make base wines suitable for secondary fermentation in bottle or tank." 

He adds, "The key advantages for New Zealand sparkling wine in a global economy are high quality at lower volumes, freshness and clear flavour profiles, rarity and competitive price points."

Read the full article here.

 

Bubbles for Mum

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on March 08, 2017

We’re sure you show your Mum how much you love and appreciate her every day… But that one day of the year that all Mums deserve to be truly revered is fast approaching, Mother’s Day in the U.K. is on March 26th.

Mums come in many forms… So whether you are spoiling your Gran, your sister, the mother of your children, your best friend, or your actual Mum we have the perfect bottle of bubbles to treat them to a sparkling Sunday.

No.1 Cuvée  – If your Mum loves an afternoon curling up in front of a classic movie then she’ll love a classic bottle of bubbles to make it even more relaxing. No.1 Cuvée is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Methode Traditionelle wines. The wine is 100% chardonnay (blanc de blancs) – A perfect balance between ripe, fresh fruit and toasty yet creamy yeast.  It displays a fine, consistent bead and firm mousse resulting in a complex character. The palate is smooth and seamless with a wonderful balance of acidity, giving a wine of elegance and style.
We suggest An Affair to Remember, a simple afternoon tea with smoked salmon sandwiches and a glass of No.1 Cuvée. Buy yours HERE.

No.1 Rosé – If your Mum enjoys the great outdoors, then after your Sunday stroll enjoy a bottle of No.1 Rosé. The delicate salmon-pink wine celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough. The wine offers a seamless balance of subtle cherry and almond hints combined with a fresh acidity. Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.
We suggest a morning jaunt to enjoy the spring flowers, a lovingly prepared Sunday lunch of roast lamb to refuel and a glass of No.1 Rosé. Buy yours HERE.

No.1 Assemblé – For all the young Mums out there, who spend their days chasing their tales and multi-tasking, we recommend our latest release, No. 1 Assemblé, fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters and intense flavours.
We suggest breakfast in bed, bagels and bubbles are the way to go! Buy your No.1 Assemblé HERE.

 

Bubbles and Balls…

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on February 16, 2017

Bubbles and balls have long gone together… There’s nothing quite like the glitz and glamour of a formal dance party or masquerade to encourage the flow of fizz!

But this month we have another type of ball on our minds… The rugby ball, as we’ve been caught up in the 6 Nations!

We may have our home in New Zealand, but we’re still proud of our family roots in Champagne, France, where members of the Le Brun family still live; and of course Adele was born in England. So whilst our mighty All Blacks aren’t part of the 6 Nations tournament, two of our back up teams are!

If you’re based in the Northern hemisphere and are enjoying Rugby’s Greatest Championship, why not give the beer a miss next time you switch on the big screen? Go for bubbles instead!

Five of No.1 Family Estate’s Methode Traditionelle Wines are available to buy online from Amathus Drinks.

  • No.1 Family Estate Assemblé NV- fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters and intense flavours.
  • No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Blanc de Blancs NV - one of New Zealand's most highly regarded Méthode Traditionelle wines.
  • No.1 Family Estate Reserve (R.D) - Intensely flavoured and focused with a good fruit-yeast balance providing elegance and style.
  • No.1 Family Estate Cuvée Rose NV (Pinot Noir) - Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.
  • No.1 Family Estate Cuvee Virginie - A vintage Méthode Traditionelle created to honour Virginie Le Brun's 21st birthday.

Find our wines HERE

Marlborough Wine & Food Festival 2017

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on February 02, 2017

It’s that time of year again the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival takes place on Saturday 11th February, and we’ll be there to help your day sparkle!

We’re as delighted to be involved in this iconic Marlborough event this year, as we were to be asked to the very first one back in the 1980s by Ernie Hunter. We’ve had a lot of fun over our years at the festival, with themed stands from Putting on the Ritz to an occasion where we marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution, guillotine and all! You’ll have to visit us at the event, if you want to know what Remy has planned this year, but we can confirm there will be fun, frivolity and fizz!

The event garners a great sense of occasion and we’ve been thrilled to help our No.1 fans make their own traditions over the Wine Festival weekend. This year will be the twenty fifth anniversary that one group of special ladies, “The Girls on Tour”, have been attending the event, and we always look forward to welcoming them not just to our stand on the day, but also to our cellar door on the Sunday. The Girls on Tour inject some real glamour to the event as they all take on Hollywood names for the weekend… Last year Adele was made an honorary GOT as Lady Penelope! And yes she has the t-shirt to prove it!

If you’re visiting the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival here are our top 5 tips to ensure you have a corking time!

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen – The weather gods have pretty much always been kind to us, so sunscreen, sunshades and hats are an absolute must!
  • Dress to impress – There are some great prizes up for grabs at the Fashion in the Vines competition, so load the Instagram app on your phone and get snapping your sartorial shenanigans. All the details are HERE.
  • Cash is King – There are cash facilities on site, but who wants to queue for money, when you could be drinking bubbles?!
  • Bring your dancing shoes – With a great line up of live music and Supergroove on the mainstage from 4:30 p.m. we know you’ll want to boogie!
  • Make a weekend of it – Be like the Girls on Tour and make the most of your weekend by visiting the cellar door on Sunday. We’d love to see you!

 

Valentine's Day – Celebrate in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Blenheim or Nelson…

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on January 18, 2017

It’s that time of year again… Just under three weeks until that most romantic of day arrives, so we wanted to remind you how easy it is to let us play Cupid. Spoil your No.1 love with bubbles this year.

If your love is a fan of all things classic - No. 1 Cuvée is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded Methode Traditionelle wines. It was the first wine produced by No. 1 Family Estate. It is renowned throughout New Zealand and internationally winning numerous trophies (including IWSC and Winestate), gold medals and five star awards since its release.

For a fresh new love, keep things in the pink with No 1 Rosé, This wine celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough, delicate salmon-pink with a mass of tiny bubbles, the wine offers a seamless balance of subtle cherry and almond hints combined with a fresh acidity. Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.

If you want to give a truly wonderful gift that celebrates the longevity of your love for your Valentine, then look no further than a bottle of No.1 Assemblé. A non-vintage brut, Assemblé has spent a minimum of 18 months on lees, encouraging full yeast autolysis, making it an easy-drinking, aperitif style. It is fresh and inviting with sophisticated and typical characters, intense flavours, and a long finish.

Order your wine HERE

We’re so thrilled to play Cupid we’re even running a Facebook promotion at the moment. It’s easy to enter! Simply LIKE US then enter the draw on our Facebook Page and you could win a $150 Voucher from your choice of five fabulous restaurants.

  • Little Jimmy - Auckland
  • Noble Rot Wine Bar - Wellington
  • Gramado's Restaurant & Bar - Blenheim
  • FORDS  Restaurant & Bar - Nelson
  • Roots Restaurant - Christchurch

 

ENTER HERE... GOOD LUCK!

A New Year's Resolution You Can Keep!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on January 11, 2017

Random fact... Did you know that by the second week in January one third of people who made a New Year’s Resolution will have broken it?

So we thought we’d offer you a resolution for 2017 that we feel is attainable… Make 2017 the year you drink more bubbles!

Here are five ways to help you keep that resolution.

  • Don’t save it for a celebration – Bubbles are too often saved for a special occasion, but live your life knowing that every day is special, and that there’s always something good to celebrate and you’ll pop a cork more often!  
  • Think beyond the canapé – Bubbles are often served as an apéritif but we always think it’s such a shame when they’re reserved solely to tickle the taste buds and stimulate the appetite prior to a fine celebratory lunch or dinner. Our wines, happily hold their own as part of the main attraction or dessert. We often share recipes that will give you super new ideas for serving bubbles, sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss out.
  • Make it a Magnum - No we’re not suggesting you polish this off on your own! But making time for friends is a sure fire way to get the bubbles flowing.
  • Don’t dilute it – We know that fancy cocktail bars and classy clubs will serve bubbles with other ingredients. At No.1 Family Estate we suggest you enjoy our wines as they should be enjoyed… On their own!
  • Take advice from Madam Lily Bollinger -  Who famously said... “I only drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty.”

Getting Toasty!

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on December 20, 2016

Here at No.1 Family Estate, we're rather fond of a toast.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without raising a glass to mark the occasion!

We've no doubt that you have your toasts prepared, but just in case you need a little inspiration here are some of our favourites!

  • Christmas spent with friends and family is the best gift of all
  • A glass of fizzy before we get busy. Health and happiness to all
  • May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart. (Inuit Proverb)
  • Here’s to us that are here, to you that are there, and the rest of us everywhere. (Rudyard Kipling)
  • A Christmas wish... May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.

 

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Guide to giving bubbles...

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on December 20, 2016

Christmas is a time for giving, and often the best Christmas gift you can give is one that you would enjoy receiving yourself, and who doesn't enjoy a glass of bubbles.

If you're still searching for festive inspiration, here's our No.1 Family Estate Christmas gift guide to bubbles.

For your boss... No.1 Cuvée

One of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Methode Traditionelle wines. The wine is 100% chardonnay (blanc de blancs) – A perfect balance between ripe, fresh fruit and toasty yet creamy yeast.  It displays a fine, consistent bead and firm mousse resulting in a complex character. The palate is smooth and seamless with a wonderful balance of acidity, giving a wine of elegance and style.

Your boss will be so impressed we'd be surprised if you didn't get a pay rise next year!

For your bestie... No.1 Rosé

This wine celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough, delicate salmon-pink with a mass of tiny bubbles, the wine offers a seamless balance of subtle cherry and almond hints combined with a fresh acidity. Dry, yet fresh and elegant, this wine leaves a lasting impression of opulence and splendour.

Gift your bestie a girls night in, with a bottle of No 1 Rosé and, of course, your company! Someone has to share that bottle with her...

For the teacher... No.1 Assemblé

It's the end of the school year and time to thank the tutors that have guided and educated your little poppets over the past twelve months.

Give them a fabulous bottle of bubbles for top marks!

For the family - A mixed case

Hint of Pink Case, contains 2 bottles of each of the above wines. You might want to buy it to share with your own family or to give to the family next door, hopefully you'll be invited around to share it!

Embracing Hygge

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on November 23, 2016

There’s something that the Danes do even better than Nordic noir crime, and that’s hygge… The concept of hygge (pronounced hooga) is hard to explain, and the word itself defies literal translation, but roughly translates to cosiness.

Hygge is the Danish celebration of simple pleasures, it’s about creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.

We like that the word sounds a bit like hug… And if you’re reading this from New Zealand, some of you will no doubt feel like you could do with a warm embrace in the form of a little hygge in your life, after a challenging time from Mother Nature over the past week or so.

If you’re reading this in the northern hemisphere, you’re entering the season where hygge comes into its own; as colder weather inspires long family lunches and darker evenings spark a longing for at home suppers with friends.

Here at No.1 Family Estate we believe we have one of the perfect ingredients for inspiring a little hygge in your life… Bubbles!

 

Here’s how to Hygge with No.1 Family Estate…

Add some fresh flowers to your home
Prepare food that’s good to share – You might like to take some inspiration from our last blog post
Light some candles, choose festive scented candles in the northern hemisphere; and if you’re embracing hygge in the southern hemisphere choose floral or fruity aromas to arouse the spring senses.
Gather friends and family close
Open the bubbles!

Buy No.1 Assemblé for easy-drinking hygge.

Buy No. 1 Cuvée for classic hygge.