Hillersden 2018 Long Story Short Bubbles Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)

There's not enough bubbly made in New Zealand, in this reviewer's opinion. This straightforward Marlborough sparkler, with its affordable price tag and low alcohol, is a good place to start. It smells like lemon zest, honeyed apple and frangipani when cold and heads toward grape jelly territory as it warms in the glass. Gentle bubbles on the palate complement bright acidity, a little residual sugar and honeyed orchard fruit flavors. It lacks depth and texture, but this is a crowd-pleaser nonetheless. Christina Pickard

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