Champagne, France, Hawkes Bay

Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the Sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Krug are world renowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.
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  1. Giesen Chardonnay 2018
    Giesen's Estate Chardonnay is wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Hawke’s Bay vineyard, producing a Chardonnay with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through lees ... Learn More
  2. Giesen Chardonnay 2019
    A vibrant Chardonnay from the Hawke's Bay wine region, a region that consistently produces leading examples of Chardonnay. A fresh and vibrant Chardonnay with beautiful ripe peach and nectarine flavours, a luscious texture with a spicy cedar finish. ... Learn More
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  3. Kindred Spirits Pinot Noir 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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  4. Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir 2021
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
  5. Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir 2020
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
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  6. Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir 2019
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
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  7. Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu Bordeaux Blend 2017
    66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant deep garnet colour. Inviting aromas of cassis, ripe plum, rosemary, and cedar meld together. A lovely richness of fruit warms the palate with youthful finely textured dusty tannins carrying the wine long to a ... Learn More
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  8. Ash Ridge 'Premium' Chardonnay 2016
    A complex & structured nod to the "old school" Chardonnay. A full, toasty nose, with generous amounts of yellow stone fruits, orange and a little struck match. Vibrant citrus, grapefruit, peach and nectarine flavours, with rich, leesy texture. Fresh acidity with ... Learn More
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  9. Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Pale lemon with flecks of lime-green, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc ’18 overflows with tropical fruit and rich, succulent acidity. Aromatic notes of fresh lime, gooseberry, lychee and pineapple, give way on the palate to juicy pear, ripe grapefruit, citrus blossom and ... Learn More
  10. Te Mata Estate 'Awatea' Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. Swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bay leaf. A sumptuous core of ripe, dark ... Learn More
  11. Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2019
    A brilliant white-gold in the glass, Elston Chardonnay ’19 has the immediate aroma of fresh golden nectarines, passionfruit and grilled pineapple. Lush, ripe acid drives the wine's length and balance, bringing the mouthfeel from ripe sweet lemon and white peach, to ... Learn More
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  12. Te Mata 'Bullnose' Syrah 2018
    Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. ... Learn More
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  13. Te Mata 'Bullnose' Syrah 2016
    Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. ... Learn More
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  14. Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah 2014
    "Here's a Shiraz that follows along the lines of it's Cabernet stablemates: full bodied, dense, dark flavour that is carried aloft on a perfectly pitched backbone of acid and tannin. It is ripe, floral, peppery and spicy and is destined ... Learn More
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  15. Champagne Drappier 1er Cru Brut NV
    A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price! Offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice on the nose, it follows ... Learn More
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  16. Le Brun De Neuville Blanc De Blancs Nv
    Awarded best Champagne producer at the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition The Le Brun family live by the village of Bethon in the Marne. The memory of Madame Le Brun, who owned the castle in 1845, is still alive today. The house ... Learn More
  17. Champagne Autreau Brut 1er Cru Champagne Nv
    Made from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meuneir & 20% Chardonnay from Premier Cru vineyards, and aged for two years in bottle before release. Deep aromas of fresh fruits and hint of nuts. The taste is full bodied and rich with fruit though elegant ... Learn More
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  18. Champagne Autreau Brut Premier Cru Rose NV
    100% Premier Cru fruit. 85% Chardonnay lends an elegant floral character as well as grapefruit and melon, but the 15% Pinot Noir (blended as red wine) gives the ruby red colour and adds flavours of red berries and a savoury complexity. The family ... Learn More
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  19. Champagne Autreau Grand Cru Champagne Nv
    100% Grand Cru fruit. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend. The nose is a combination of ripe citrus fruits with a buttery overtone and flowery finish. The flavours are fresh and vibrant, of peaches, melons and raspberry with light hazelnut nuance adding depth ... Learn More
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  20. Champagne Jacquinot 'Private Cuvee' Brut NV
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
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  21. Pierre Baillette Brut le Village NV
    Pierre Baillette is not just limited to the creation of high-quality champagne, but to preserve the most authentic values ​​of the wine tradition of this legendary region. This refreshing and savory Champagne is loaded with flavors of citrus, white cherries, ... Learn More
  22. Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne
    The lingering aromas echo and re-echo, with each fruit or spice note distinct. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label manages to reconcile two opposing factors - forcefulness and finesse - and to hold them in perfect balance. Notes by Veuve Clicquot ... Learn More
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  23. BILLECART SALMON BRUT NV CHAMPAGNE
    Billecart Salmon is known within France and around the globe for fashioning the most elegant Champagnes ... Learn More
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  24. Champagne Autreau Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru NV
    100% Chardonnay Grand Cru fruit sourced from the "White Hillside" Vineyards of the Autreau Estate. The family Autreau is an old family from Champillon - ancient documents certify their presence since 1670. This family is linked to the farming of the land ... Learn More
  25. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Nv
    Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used. ... Learn More
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  26. Canard Duchene 'Authentic' Brut Nv
    GRAPES: 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay. Intense aromas of fresh fruit typical of the Pinot varietals. Fruit aromas intermingle with pastry notes, a sign of excellent maturity. ... Learn More
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  27. Henriot 'Souverain' Brut Nv Champagne
    A beautifully crafted wine of balance, fine mousse and pleasant complexity. Initially the nose is precise, expressive and refreshing, with notes of citrus and yellow fruit; floral fragrances (vine flowers, elderflowers) and pastry aromas (brioche, toast, grilled almond) follow. On ... Learn More
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  28. Bollinger 'Special Cuvee' Nv Champagne
    Some 30 crus go into the blend (including a large proportion - 80% minimum - of Grand crus), which is predominantly Pinot Noir. Aged in the cellar for a minimum of 3 years before disgorgement. A complex creature, blended with finesse, the Special ... Learn More
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  29. Louis Roederer Brut Premier Nv Champagne
    "Louis Roederer Bruit Premier NV is a perennial favourite of mine. I love its biscuity character, its backbone and structure, which are more impressive than in virtually any other NV. But I do prefer to stash newly bought bottles away ... Learn More
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  30. Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte Anne Brut NV
    Cépages: 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier Assemblage: 60% 2016 base, 40% from 2015 & 2014 Vineyard/Village: From the village of Merfy Malo: Partial Elevage: 40% Stainless Steel, 60% Oak barrel En Tirage Aging: 24 months ... Learn More
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  31. Laherte Freres Blanc De Blancs Champagne NV
    100 per cent Chardonnay from the terroirs of Chavot, Vaudancourt, Voipreux 1er Cru and Epernay - all biodynamically farmed. Exuberant with lots of spicy white peach fruit, lemon pith and brown spice. The palate is crunchy and chalky with a delicious ... Learn More
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  32. Louis Roederer Collection 242 NV Champagne
    Collection 242 is the new multi-vintage cuvée which replaces the Brut Premier. The Collection 242 shares the same philosophy as the Jacquesson 7 series and Krug’s Edition wines, which are based on a younger vintage blended with some older reserve wines. ... Learn More
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  33. Canard Duchene Vintage 2008
    Vintage 2008 is based on a blend of Pinot Noir (36%), Chardonnay (32%) and Pinot Meunier (32%), from a number of different crus including Hautvilliers, Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Ay, and Rilly-la-Montagne. Full of aromas of toast and orchard fruit compote. The wine ... Learn More
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  34. Larmandier Bernier 'Latitude' Champagne Brut Nv
    "Appealing candied berry and citrus aromas. A hint of bread dough and mineral... Though rich, it's lively too, with a smooth texture and lingering finish." - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator When to drink 2012 - 2015 ... Learn More
  35. Laherte Freres 'Ultradition' Champagne Brut Nv
    Biodynamic and organic - A fine and complex blending excellent for aperitif. "Bright, appley and fragrant, this feels fresh and easy to drink, buttressed by taut, lively acidity. It finishes with brightly citrusy fragrance, its tangerine-like flavors showing energy and ... Learn More
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  36. Henriot Blanc De Blancs Nv Champagne
    The bottles of Blanc de Blancs remain for a period of 3-5 years in the calm and dark of the Henriot caves in Reims. Pure, concentrated and expressive, with floral (honeysuckle, orange flower, linden), fruity (lemon, dried apricot, almond) and ... Learn More
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  37. Francis Boulard et Fille 'Les Murgiers' Brut Nature NV
    At the age of 14 Francis was given permission to hold the handles of the plough behind Bijou the horse. After completing work with his Family and other houses Francis Boulard, his wife Jeanne and daughter Delphine started this Champagne house. ... Learn More
  38. Charles Heidsieck Reserve Brut Nv
    The base wine is equal parts pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier from the'07 vintage, and 40% reserve wine is added prior to the wine being bottled for its second fermentation. The reserve wine has an average age of 10 years, so ... Learn More
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  39. Vilmart – Rilly-La-Montagne Grand Cellier Nv
    Rich, toasty and opulent. Notes of almond and ripe yellow fruit with a precise minerality. Vilmart has obtained something of a cult status by Champagne lovers everywhere. It is seriously good for the price. A beautiful wine, but what of ... Learn More
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  40. Surprise & Delight Champagne Pack

    This indulgent pampering gift pack with wine, gourmet chocolates and soothing bath salts is sure to hit the mark with Mum. Mother's Day only comes around once a year, so make it count! That’s why this pack includes ... Learn More

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