No.1 News and Updates

Lemon Posset Recipe

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on December 16, 2021

Did you know you can serve bubbles with dessert. Adele’s famous Lemon Posset pairs perfectly with No.1 Cuvée.

Ingredients: (makes 10-12 servings in small glasses)

600 ml cream
¾ cup caster sugar
Grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
Raspberries or blueberries and mint to serve



Place the cream and caster sugar in a small saucepan and stir as it comes to the boil.
Once it boils, reduce the heat to keep gently boiling and time the mixture for exactly 3 minutes. This timing is very important to the ‘chemistry’ of the recipe.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the grated rind and lemon juice.
Cool, then pour into small glasses (sherry or liquor glasses are ideal). Chill for at least 6-8 hours, or it’s even better if you can make it the night before.
Serve chilled with some raspberries or blueberries and small mint leaves on top. 


* Recipe inspired by Jo Seager

Vacancy - Marketing Maternity Cover (12 months)

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on December 09, 2021

You will be working closely within our small winery team. Ideally at least 2 years marketing experience would be an advantage as this is not a trainee position.

Key responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Website, EDM & Social Media management.
  • Creation and co-ordination of POS, Merchandise & Dry Goods.
  • Events
  • PR & Advertising.
  • Sales support


We are looking for someone with the following skills within a marketing framework:

  • Creativity
  • Technically savvy
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Organised and effective time management
  • Comfortable working autonomously
  • A patient and diligent approach.

Currently a part time position, however hours negotiable to full time for right applicant. Potential for job share at the end of contract. Full job description is available on request. Please forward CV to, The Directors No 1 Family Estate, 169 Rapaura Road, Blenheim. Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Applications close 16th January 2022.

Buy No.1 Locally

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on September 07, 2021

You can purchase No.1 at the following stores:

  • New World Blenheim
  • Wino's Liquor
  • The Winestation
  • PaknSave Blenheim
  • Super Liquor Blenheim
  • Liquorland Blenheim
  • Countdown (Springlands, Redwoodtown)
  • The Bottle-o Redwoodtown Tavern
  • FreshChoice (Picton)


You can enjoy No.1 at the following venues:

  • Arbour 
  • Harvest at The Marlborough Lodge 
  • Scotch Bar
  • Raupo
  • Vines Village Cafe
  • Gramados Restaurant
  • The Vintners Retreat
  • Marlborough Vintners Hotel
  • The Yard Bar & Bistro
  • Bamboo Garden
  • Scenic Hotel Blenheim
  • Marlborough Public House
  • Cafe Cortado
  • Furneaux Lodge
  • Punga Cove Resort
  • Koura Bay Lodge

Vacancy - Part Time Administration Officer

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on August 12, 2021

Part Time Administration Officer

Mon – Fri. (26 hours).

Including 2 full days and 2 days finishing at 4.30pm.


Due to our existing admin lady moving north we are looking for a new team member for our small team.


Duties include:

  • Orders
  • Payroll
  • Invoicing
  • Payments
  • PAYE
  • Commissions
  • Cellar Door Balancing
  • Banking as required.
  • Petty Cash returns
  • GST   - Preparation
  • Excise - Preparation


Whilst experience in the wine industry, including import/export would be an advantage all applications will be considered. Applicants must be resident in NZ, as this is a long term position.


If you enjoy working in a varied & challenging role then apply in writing with CV to:

The Directors

No 1 Family Estate, 169 Rapaura Road, R D 3, Blenheim                             

Email: [email protected]

Applications close 25th Aug 2021.


Introducing Penny Murdoch - Senior Administrator

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on March 10, 2021

We are delighted to introduce Penny who joined our No.1 Family late last year as Senior Administrator.  Read on to find out more about Penny, her role here with us and life in Marlborough.


How long have you been part of the team at No.1 Family Estate? 

I joined 5 months ago, October 2020.

Previous to that, what did you do and how did that prepare you for role at No.1 Family Estate? 

Prior to joining the team here at No.1 Family Estate I worked in various roles and industries which included Medical Laboratory, Commercial Furniture, Telecommunications, Renal Health and Accountants while studying accounting part time at Massey University.

What does your role involve, and who do you work with?

My role is focussed on accounts and I work with the whole team here at No.1. I like to step out and help where I can.

What do you enjoy most about your job so far? 

The variety and the people who I work with, it’s a great team here.

Which is your favourite No.1 Family Estate wine and why? (If you haven’t been taken through a tasting yet let me know and I’ll arrange!)

I absolutely love the Reserve!  It is smooth with toasty brioche notes you get with an aged Méthode – just divine.

When do you enjoy a glass of bubbles the most?

Like many of us, I enjoy a glass of bubbles when celebrating a special occasion.  

Are you from Marlborough? If not, how did you find your way there? 

No, I am originally from Auckland and made my way here via Ireland, London and Sydney.  My husband’s job moved us to Marlborough 5 years ago from Sydney, and sunny Marlborough is now our home.

What do you love most about the Marlborough region? 

We have a small Lifestyle block that goes down to the Onamalutu river. It’s so peaceful and I love the birdsong.

When you’re not working, how do you spend your time?  

With a lifestyle block and two active children aged 8 and 10 I spend a lot of my time outdoors. Whether it be gardening and planting natives on our property, out on the river with the kids, or ferrying them to and from sports, our days a filled with all that Marlborough has to offer.

A Rosy Day for No.1 Rose

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on December 11, 2020

It was a rosy start to the day for No.1 Family Estate with the results of the Champagne Sparkling Wine World Championship Trophy results announced over night.


We are delighted to announce that the No.1 Rosé Marlborough Méthode Traditionelle NV has been awarded a Gold Medal, Best in Class and Trophy for Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine 2020 at the prestigious Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships!


2020 was a record-breaking year for the CSWWC with over 1,000 entries across 30 countries that submitted their top Champagnes and Sparkling wines. The judges for this competition are a small team of sparkling wine specialists who blind taste every single wine entered. Only 75 Best in Class awards are presented and 9 National Trophies and we are very proud to be among these world-class producers.


CSWWC Judge Essi Avellans said “For me, learning what our Best in Classes are is only second to the excitement of the World Champion Trophies. I truly enjoyed the Best in Class selection process this year, when we put our heads and palates together to select ‘the one’ amongst all the very good Gold Medal quality contenders within every region and category. These Best In Class are world-class wines.”

Ellie Vincent, Marketing Manager at No.1 Family Estate said “We have been eagerly awaiting the results of this competition after it was originally delayed due to COVID-19. Thank you to the judges and organisers who pulled this competition together and executed safely despite the COVID level restrictions in the UK.”


Our award-winning sparkling Rosé is made in the traditional method using 100% Pinot Noir. It celebrates the superb climate of Marlborough and has a fresh, youthful and precise bouquet of flowers, cherry and strawberries. Delicate salmon-pink in colour with a mass of tiny bubbles. The palate is dry and elegant with a fine and silky mousse. 


Find out more about our No.1 Rose 

Read about the CSWWC results at The Buyer UK.


No.1 Rose Marlborough Methode Traditionelle NV | CSWWC Judge Tom Stevenson

Are You Bubble Ready for Christmas?

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on November 19, 2020

Are You Bubble Ready for Christmas?

It's that time of year when we look forward to enjoying the festive cheer and something bubbly! Whether it's for a gift, to enjoy with family on Christmas day or to pop the cork on New Year's eve you'll need to have your favourite bubbles in good supply!


As a specialist producer of Methode Traditionelle we've got you covered for all your bubbly requirements. We all have different tastes when it comes to wine, so it can be helpful to taste the difference between the styles if you can! If you're local to Marlborough you can pop in for a tasting at our Cellar Door - we are open 11am - 4pm daily. If you are based elsewhere we have arranged a number of tastings at retailers across Auckland, Wellington and the Lower North Island. 



Fri 20th Nov - Farro Fresh North Shore - 12-3pm

Sun 22nd Nov - Farro Fresh Epsom - 12 - 3pm

Thu 26th Nov - Glengarry Khyber Pass - 3 - 7pm

Fri 27th Nov - Glengarry Jervois Road - 3 - 6pm

Fri 27th Nov - Liquorland Glenfiedl - 3 - 6pm

Sun 29th Nov - Farro Fresh Orakei - 12 - 3pm

Thu 3rd Dec - Glengarry Ellerslie - 4 - 7pm

Thu 3rd Dec - New World Milford - 3 - 6pm

Fri 4th Dec - Glengarry Grey Lynn - 4 - 6pm

Sat 5th Dec - New World Kumeu - 3 - 6pm

Thu 10th Dec - Glengarry Jervois Road - 4 - 6pm

Thu 10th Dec - Farro Fresh Constellation - 5 - 7pm

Mon 14th Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Tue 15th Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Wed 16th Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Wed 16th Dec - Farro Fresh Grey Lynn - 12 - 3pm

Thu 17th Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Fri 18th Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Sat 19th Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Mon 21st Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Tue 22nd Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm

Wed 23rd Dec - Glengarry Victoria Park - 11am - 6pm


Wellington & Lower North Island

Sat 28th Nov - Moore Wilson - 12 - 4pm

Fri 4th Dec - New World Thorndon - 3 - 6pm

Sat 5th Dec - Moore Wilsons Porirua - 12 - 4pm

Fri 11th Dec - City Centre Wines - 3 - 6pm

Wed 16th Dec - Liquorland Albert Street, Palmerston North 3.30 - 7.30pm

Fri 18th Dec - New World Thorndon - 3 - 6pm

Sat 19th Dec - New World Poriruia - 12 - 4pm

Tue 22nd Dec - Liquorland Palmerston North - 3 - 6pm

Wed 23rd Dec - Liquorland Palmerston North - 3 - 6pm

Thursday 24th Dec - Liquorland Palmerston North - 3 - 6pm


The structure of Chardonnay, the finesse of Pinot Noir and the softness of Meunier have been brought together for a minimum of 18 months on lees, in the classic Méthode Traditionelle style. This wine has elegance, complexity and wide appeal. Aromas of autolysis,  peach, baked apple and citrus. A fine mousse, bold acidity and flavours that reflect the nose.


Cuvée No.1 was the first wine produced by No.1 Family Estate. This Blanc de Blancs was held on lees for 2 years, encouraging full yeast autolysis. The wine displays texture, finesse and charm. Typical, complex, Champagne-like characters with savoury layers of citrus and stone fruits.

40 Years of Pioneering Méthode Traditionelle

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on October 22, 2020

This month Adele and Daniel Le Brun will be celebrating 40 years of pioneering Méthode Traditional in Marlborough. It is a story that spans generations, with roots in Champagne but its heart now firmly in Marlborough.


Often referred to as the ‘grandfather’ of Méthode Traditionelle in New Zealand, Daniel’s winemaking roots date back to 1684 in Champagne. As the eldest son and 12th generation vigneron he was set to take over the family business. Instead, he embarked on a journey that would lead him to the bare paddocks of 1980’s Marlborough.


“I was immediately convinced this was the place to be. The soil and the climate reminded me of Champagne in the best vintage years, yet it happens every year here in Marlborough. There was no winery infrastructure back then, just bare paddocks. Not a blade of green grass to be seen, just a few dusty sheep and that was about it” said Daniel.



As a habitual nail-biter during times of frustration or excitement, this image captures Daniel’s excitement while discovering Marlborough on his first visit in 1978.


Daniel arrived in Marlborough in September 1980, followed in October by his wife Adele and 4-month old daughter Virginie. Daniel was a pioneer for classic Méthode Traditionelle as a commercial venture in New Zealand and his traditional approach soon earned him the title of ‘The Crazy Frenchman’.


In a time when Muller Thurgau was the popular varietal with a small amount of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, Daniel began developing his first vineyard – close planted with the traditional Champagne varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  In 1983 he began construction of his specialist Méthode Traditionelle winery, and New Zealand’s first underground cellar.


In 1985, five years after arriving in Marlborough, Daniel and Adele released their very first Daniel Le Brun NV. Their dream of being ‘New Zealand’s Champagne’ was underway. Over the years Daniel has achieved countless national and international awards and it was a significant milestone for him to be awarded Champion Wine of Show at the 1995 Liquorland Royal Easter Show. This was the first time in New Zealand this had been awarded to a Méthode Traditionelle.


Adele and Daniel sold out of their first venture Cellier Le Brun and the Daniel Le Brun brand in 1996. A year later in 1997 they launched their family venture No.1 Family Estate in recognition of the many ‘firsts’ they had achieved. Their signature Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée No.1 was the first wine produced by No.1 Family Estate and released on Bastille Day in 1999. Today, No.1 Family Estate remains 100% family owned and is the only winery in New Zealand committed exclusively to producing premium Méthode Traditionelle.


Following in Daniel’s footsteps, son Remy has joined the winemaking team and will become the 13th generation winemaker. Daughter Virginie has been mentored by Adele and is the Sales Director and ‘face’ of the brand.


“Family has always been at the core of what we do. To quote mum, we are first and foremost a family business. Mum and Papa have achieved remarkable success, not only as pioneers but as individuals who set benchmarks in their fields. So, it is with absolute certainty I say, I could not have a better mentor than my mother, and I know this is the same for Remy with papa” said Virginie.


No.1 Family Estate will be celebrating this milestone with the launch of the Cuvée Virginie 2016 at Winetopia Auckland on 30th October.


Although Daniel believes every year in Marlborough could be a vintage year, he only produces a vintage wine in the years he deems to be exceptional, and 2016 was one of those. Each of these hand-crafted vintage wines are dedicated to a member of the Le Brun family and 2016 is a proud tribute to his daughter Virginie.


Wherever you may be, please join us on the 30th October and raise a glass to New Zealand Méthode Traditionelle and our 40 year journey in Marlborough. We'd love to see you enjoying your bubbles so please tag us @no1familyestate or use #Pioneers40years #no1familyestate #heartsinmarlborough #rootsinchampagne


From Champagne to Marlborough, view the timeline here

Find out more about the Cuvée Virginie 2016 here



Wine Reviews by Candice Chow

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on September 10, 2020

We've recently sent out our annual wine samples to industry reviewers and wine buffs! It was with delight that we received our first reviews from sommelier Candice Chow.

Candice has recently taken the reins for the late Raymond Chan wine reviews. With two decades in international fine dining and 10 years of experience in New Zealand hospitality we can’t think of a better person to continue Raymond’s legacy and be the custodian of his 10,000+ wine reviews.

We take pleasure in sharing Candice’s reviews of our No.1 Rose and Cuvee No.1 below and if you have a bottle to hand, set up your own tasting and see if you agree!

No. 1 Family Estate Rosé Méthode Traditionelle NV, Marlborough

Bright, even, peach-pink sunset, the bubbles are fine and moderately persistent. The nose is softly-full, elegantly presented, aromas of red berries, red florals, melded with yeasty-autolysis details and complexity. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, vibrant palate with good depth of flavours. Red berries and red florals are fresh; well-proportionally interweaved with toasty details and creamy autolysis. The palate is lively and flows with good energy along a chalky textured-line, linger harmoniously to a linear, sustained finish. This is an elegant rosé méthode traditonelle with integrated flavours of red berries, red florals, subtle toastiness on a balanced, creamy palate. Match with beef carpaccio and salmon gravlax over the next 3 years. 18.5+/20 pts Sept 2020


No. 1 Family Estate Cuvée No.1 Méthode Traditionelle Blanc de Blancs NV, Marlborough

Bright, lemon with some depth. Bubbles are fine and persistent. The nose is elegantly voluminous, nuances of stonefruit, lemon sherbet, custard pastry, underlying subtle nuttiness. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is elegantly presented, a concentrated core of peaches, lemon sherbet is with good flavour intensity, broaden by creamy custard and pastry elements, linger to a linear finish. The mouthfeel is filled with creamy mousse and lees ageing details, enriched by subtle nutty notes. 


The wine flows seamlessly with good energy and bright acidity, in harmony with a small dose of sugar sweetness. This is a poised and refined, Blanc de Blancs style méthode traditionelle with flavours of peaches and lemon sherbet, creamy custard and nuts in harmony on a seamless flow. Match with prawn cocktails and crayfish over the next 3-4 years. 18.5+/20 pts Sept 2020



 Visit to find out more about Candice Chow and Raymond Chan wine reviews.

Locally Sourced Perigord Truffles

Posted by No 1 Family Estate on July 29, 2020

Like many of you, we have been looking closely into our New Zealand ‘backyard’ and it’s great to see such enthusiasm for the unique destinations and local produce our country has to offer!

We are always on the lookout for gorgeous ingredients to enjoy with our bubbles. This month we’ve found a local alternative to one of our favourite delicacies.

Native to France, and known as ‘black diamonds’ the Perigord Truffle is quite rightly one of the highlights of French gastronomy…. and in France, enjoyed alongside an equally indulgent partner, Champagne!

The good news is, this delicate little morsel is quietly lurking in the rolling hills of North Canterbury! Grown on the roots of Oak and Hazelnut trees, our friends at Amurie Truffiere say it is the combination of limestone soil and dry climate that makes truffles grown here every bit as good as those in France.

So there we have it, locally grown and highly sought after Perigord Black Truffles to enjoy with our No.1 Family Estate Méthode Traditionelle - right here in New Zealand’s backyard!

The truffle season typically runs June – August, to find out more visit


Champagne Risotto With Truffles


We couldn’t resist whipping up a little ‘Champagne’ & Truffle Risotto. The aroma of this dish was divine and it paired beautifully with our No.1 Reserve, a mature Méthode Traditionelle to work with the intense and earth-like characters of the truffle. Enjoy!


Prep: 10 minutes / Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients:    Serves 6

4 cups (960 ml) vegetable or chicken stock

2 cups (480 ml) warm filtered water

25g butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

Sea salt flakes

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cups (380 g) arborio rice

¾ cup (180 ml) No.1 Family Estate Cuvee No.1

15-20g fresh Black Truffle



  • In a medium pot, add the stock and water and bring to a simmer.
  • In a separate large, heavy-bottomed pan, heat the butter and oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch salt and sauté, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the onion softens and starts to become translucent.
  • Add garlic and thyme to the pan, stir, then add the rice. Continue to stir frequently to coat the rice in the butter and to prevent sticking. Toast the rice 2-3 minutes until it smells nutty and the edges of the grains look translucent. Pour the Champagne into the rice and stir until it is absorbed.
  • Ladle in one cup of the broth. Continue cooking the rice and gently stirring until most of the liquid has been absorbed before adding another cup. Adjust the heat as needed to keep both pots at a simmer.  You do not need to stir continuously, but stirring frequently will help your risotto cook evenly and achieve the desirable creamy consistency.
  • Continue to add the stock one cup at a time. Cook the rice until it is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs about halfway through and discard. You may have a little leftover broth. If you run out of liquid before the rice is tender, add more water.
  • Just before serving, stir in a splash of the stock to loosen the consistency, if necessary. Plate the risotto and use a mandolin or truffle shaver to shave fresh truffles on top. Enjoy immediately.


If you are working with a smaller truffle you can use a microplane (parmesan grater) to grate the truffle instead of shaving it to ensure you get maximum truffle flavour in each bite.