Bubblies can be stylish wines for celebrations or simple, good-natured wines for drinking with friends, but luscious sweet stickies are always treasures to sip on a special occasion.



Seifried Nelson Sweet Agnes Riesling 2011, (350ml)


Four stars (out of five)

Good value

A golden wine, oozing ripe peaches, dried apricots and citrus with lovely honey and caramel undertones, an oily texture, intensely sweet, but with a lively acidity that leaves you feeling refreshed.



Hunter's Miru Miru Reserve 2008


Four stars

Average value

A stylish bubbly with a hint of freshly baked biscuits and roasted nuts, a lively texture, mouth-filling mousse and a long, dryish finish. Over many years it's established a place among the best NZ bubblies.


Aurum Blanc de Blancs Central Otago Methode Traditionelle


Three and a ahalf stars

Below average value

This bubbly made from chardonnay starts with soft fruit sweetness followed by hint of nuttiness in the mid-palate, but there's an underlying power and a fresh, dry finish.



Mission Fete Hand Harvested Cuvée


Three stars

Below average value

Made from pinot gris and chardonnay, this has an attractive fruit sweetness and a clean, fresh finish. Look for it on special at $18.



Te Mania Koha (350ml) Ice Riesling (2012)


Three stars

Average value

This dessert wine from Nelson has a light floral fragrance, attractive sweet fruit and a clean, simple finish.



Greywacke (350ml) Late Harvest Riesling 2011


Four and a half stars

Average value

A complex wine with floral aromas, hints of citrus, grapefruit, rhubarb and honey, a wonderful intensity, fine structure and a firm, well-balanced finish.