Product code: NZ068
Morton Estate IQ3 Methode Traditionelle

Wine Detail

Grape Variety - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier.

Region - Marlborough and Hawkes Bay

Wine Analysis

Date of Harvest - March 2004

Brix at Harvest - 18.5˚

Fermentation - Stainless steel

Maturation - Time on Lees – 3.5 years

Malo-lactic - 100%

Bottling Date - February 2005

Alcohol Volume - 12%

Acidity - 7.1 g/L

pH - 3.23

Tasting Note

A special release Methode Traditionnelle made from the classic Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Maturation on lees in bottle for three years has produced a wine of subtle complexity exhibiting prominent citrus characters complemented by fresh bread and caramel notes, with white peach and white chocolate undertones adding sensual complexity. 

The palate exhibits plenty of flavour to awaken the senses. White chocolate comes to the fore with autolysis-produced characters of fresh bread enveloping the peaches in a soft embrace to form a seamless palate with a long, smooth finish – reminiscent of crème brule.

Perfect for celebrating that special occasion, an aperitif or as an accompaniment to fresh seafood. May be cellared for up to 2 years from disgorging date.

IQ – Improving Quietly.


93/100 (5 stars) Sam Kim, December 2010

Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards, London, 2010

Commended - International Wine Challenge, London, 2010, 2011. 


A stylish and complex wine made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with three years on lees. The nose is beautifully lifted displaying lemon, yeast and roasted nut characters. It's elegantly textured and finely balanced yet powerfully flavoured with an excellent lingering finish. An impressive méthode. Sam Kim, 2010



Category: Chardonnay