No. 1 Family Estate is the only NZ winery dedicated exclusively to Méthode Traditionelle wines.
"Full-bodied, rich and complex, a wine of elegance and power, charm and sophistication. From the moment you take the first sip of this wine I am certain you will know instantly you made the right wine selection. There's seamless links between the fruit and deep autolysis flavours, acidity and mouthfeel. Grapefruit and white peach, red apple, brioche and wholemeal bread. Perfectly balanced, elegant and lengthy, a fantastic wine."
97/100 | No.1 Reserve NV | Cameron Douglas MS | September 2022
"This is a plush and opulent wine with enticing complexity; the bouquet is filled with rich yeasty characters with nuances of backed apple, apricot and brioche. The palate is equally seductive with creamy mouthfeel and mouth-coating texture, wonderfully framed by perfectly pitched acidity, finishing impressively long and gratifying."
97/100 | No.1 Reserve NV | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | November 2022
"Enticing, pretty and complex. A beautiful bouquet of white flowers and delicate red berry fruit scents. Plush, elegant, fine and delicious on the palate, a satin texture touches first followed by a soft and caressing mousse, and with the acidity transports flavours across the palate. Red apple and light red berry fruits, there's a seamless link between the autolysis flavours and fruit leading to a lengthy and delicious finish. A wine perfect as an aperitif and with fresh cheeses or seafood."
96/100 | No.1 Rosé NV | Cameron Douglas MS | September 2022
"Immensely charming and fine, showing sweet strawberry, apricot, fig and floral aromas with a lovely oatmeal complexity. The palate is supremely elegant and flowing, beautifully complemented by bright fruit flavours with savoury nuances. Delightfully dry and mouth-wateringly tasty."
95/100 | No.1 Rosé NV | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | November 2022
"No.1 Rosé is the best pink bubbly in New Zealand in terms of sheer delicious savoury depth of flavour, complexity and quality. It's made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes, which provide its pronounced toasty aromas, flavours of dried raspberries, full body and beautifully lingering taste in every delicious sip."
19/20 | No.1 Rosé NV | Joelle Thomson | December 2022
"A silken-textured blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that spent three years on the lees. I find the wine very Champagne-like, making it excellent value at this price. An appealing combination of freshness with baguette-crust yeastiness."
94/100 | No.1 Assemblé NV | Bob Campbell, The Real Review | November 2022
"A precise, pure fruited and enticing bouquet with aromas of fresh citrus fruits and white peach melted into layers of autolysis showcasing brioche and baked goods. A delicate silky texture touches the palate briefly before a fine mousse wells up carrying flavours that reflect the bouquet. Youthful and tasty, a wine of charm. An excellent aperitif choice and perfect with oysters."
95/100 | Cuvée No.1 | Cameron Douglas MS | September 2022
"Sur lees & 8 years and you can tell! Really rich and soft, creamy, vanilla toned too. Sweet pastry, brioche note but finishes dry and fresh. Exquisite!"
No.1 Reserve NV | Susy Atkins, Three Wine Men, London | November 2019
"No 1 Family Estate is the finest-quality sparkling wine venture in New Zealand, with the entire range rivalling Champagne quality, and not just any quality (91 rating)."
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