Mission Estate Fête· Press Releases
Nov 1st, 2012 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Press Releases
Back in the 1850s, gold was discovered in New Zealand. At the same time, Mission Estate’s winemakers were planting New Zealand’s first grapes in the fertile plains of Hawke’s Bay.
Mission Estate have been turning their grapes into gold-winning wine ever since. Now, to commemorate their 160th birthday, they’ve created an elegant hand harvested Cuvée.
Fête is French for “party” and celebrates Mission Estate’s pioneering heritage and proudly French roots. The first in New Zealand to produce Methode Traditionelle back in the 1960s, Mission have once again crafted a superb sparkling wine.
Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested from Mission’s historic Taradale vineyards, then very gently pressed and fermented twice to develop a crisp effervescence.
Fête has a softness and lightness with creamy characteristics. There is a delicate pear aroma with an almond and biscuit nuance. The mousse is fine and very persistent, the reward of focused, dedicated viticulture and winemaking. In the mouth the wine sings across the palate, showing a persistent and fresh more-ish finish.
Mission Estate Fête retails for around $23 and is available now at the cellar door, online at www.missionestate.co.nz and at selected fine wine retailers.