Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee

By | 30/12/2010

Lindauer spec resPeople often look surprised when I recommend they buy Lindauer, as though I would only be likely to suggest Krug or Salon (well, of course that IS my suggestion if you are asking what to bring around for an aperitif at my place…) but really, it is hard to go past almost any of the wines on offer in the Lindauer stable (though I do try to avoid the Fraise as I think you would do better with the standard Brut and a strawberry liqueur) when they offer such reliable, and often delicious, drinking at such cracking good value, particularly this time of year when the supermarkets have the silly season specials on.

My husband, a natural cheapskate, came home from Woolies yesterday with Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee, and really, I have idea how they make the stuff for this price –  $11 at my local supermarket, no doubt the same at yours –  for heaven’s sake, it spends 24 months on lees.  Even at full retail it is a great buy and it must make its winemakers weep when they see it sailing out the door so cheaply.  Mind you, perhaps they don’t, as there must also be a fair amount of pleasure in seeing so many people enjoying the fruits of your labour.

The Special Reserve Brut is rather prettily a coppery pink colour thanks to its dominant pinot noir component, has a lovely fresh strawberry and brioche nose with a hint of candyfloss. The palate is fresh and lively, has some toasty complexity with moderate intensity and length and a good fine mousse.  Hard to top that at $11 a bottle – so make sure you buy several – ’tis the season and all that…

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