Stand tall and prepare to bow. You always know when royalty is in the room. Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle is not well known. This is because the producers and those in the know generally drink it all before the general public gets a whiff of it!
But finally, the volumes are getting to the point where producers are willing to let a few bottles slide out the cellar door to the discerning buyer!
It is elegance, excitement, and a sense of raw wild expression of one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. To be able to capture this in a bottle is exciting and satisfying.
This beautifully bottle aged Methode Traditionnelle has captured Central Otago. Aromatics are wild herbs, honey comb, a biscuit yeast autolysis characters. The palate is well balanced with lemon, pineapple building to a creamy mid-palate, and tapering off to an elegant finish which simply exudes finesse. Like all great sparkling wines, The Emperor will perfectly match scallops, crayfish, or whitebait.