Monthly Archives: November 2017

Let's get tasting!

Posted by [email protected] on November 13, 2017

Hurrah! Taste of Auckland is just two days away.

This fabulous event is your opportunity to try signature dishes from some of Auckland’s most exciting restaurants in a beautiful al fresco setting surrounded by pop-up winery stands, food stalls and drink experiences, and we’ll be there too!
No.1 Family Estate is proud to be the official bubbles sponsor in the corporate hospitality area. But that doesn’t mean you have to have a VIP ticket to enjoy No.1 bubbles at this fabulous event. We’ll also be exhibiting there, so head along to our stand, where you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of our three recent Gold Medal winners…

·      No 1 Rosé

·      Cuvée Virginie

·      No.1 Reserve

As well as the classic No. 1 Cuvée, one of New Zealand's most highly regarded Méthode Traditionelle wines; and the fresh and inviting No. 1 Assemblé.

Taste of Auckland operates like a restaurant with a lunch and dinner service, tickets are sold for each session. There’s an evening session on Thursday 16th November, and an afternoon session on Sunday 19th November. On Friday and Saturday, you can join in for an afternoon or evening session. Find out more HERE.

If you’d like to enjoy more of what Auckland has to offer outside of these session times here’s a list with a few of our favourite Auckland eateries. These are all highly recommended for their gastronomic delights, and also serve No.1 Family Estate wines!

·      Oyster and Chop - Auckland's best oyster bar and steak house.

·      Bracu – Fine dining restaurant.

·      Little Jimmy – Bar and eatery perfect for morning, noon and night!

It's a Hat trick - a Gold for No.1 Reserve!

Posted by [email protected] on November 02, 2017

We’re delighted to announce that our run of Gold Medals continued this week, as No.1 Reserve was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking, and in 2017 over 1300 wines were judged by a team of local and international judges.

This prestigious medal for No.1 Reserve, follows two other recent Gold Medals:

  • No 1 Rosé was recently awarded a gold medal in the The Six Nations Wine Challenge.
  • No. 1 Family Estate Cuvée Virginie 2009 was awarded a Gold Medal at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Each year, a limited amount of No. 1 is set aside for long-term aging on lees and released after several years as a “Reserve”.

No. 1 is 100% chardonnay (blanc de blancs), a style for which our winemaker has consistently been awarded gold medals and trophies during his career.

This release from the family’s winery was held on lees for five and a half years allowing full autolysis displaying a consistent superfine bead, and firm mousse resulting in a typical, complex, champagne-like character, and giving it the title of “Reserve”. The palate is intensely flavoured and focused with the good fruit-yeast balance providing elegance and style. The extended lees aging has given it extra richness with complex biscuity notes, a well-balanced delicate freshness and a lengthy finish.