Huia Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay and estate grown. The nose shows fresh citrus and lovely fresh baked bread characters. Light citrus flavours retain freshness on the palate. This hand-crafted sparkling wine is delicious with canapés, freshly shucked oysters, sushi and seafood but really any time is a good time for a glass of bubbles! Scored 95/100 by Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier.
Marlborough, Nrew Zealand
Claire & Mike started Huia in the mid ‘90s. Living amongst the vines in house they built themselves, they raised their two daughters, Tui & Sophie while handcrafting wine and on occasion honey and olive oil as well as boat and a tiny house. After a tenure at Roseworthy in Adelaide, Australia learning the craft of winemaking, and where Mike met Claire, there seemed no contest for where Mike might put down roots in what is arguably New Zealand’s first real home of wine, Marlborough. From winemaking roles at Vavasour, Cloudy Bay and at Champagne Veuve Clicquot, where Mike learned the art of hand-riddling thousands of champagne bottles and the craft of making authentic sparkling wine, the call to make his own wine with Claire was too loud to ignore.
100% organic Chardonnay grapes RS: 6 g/l / Alc: 12% / TA: 5.7 g/l / pH: 3.21 A sparkling wine made in the traditional method. The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. Then the juice was racked off to barrels for fermentation. A warm, fast ferment was encouraged. Base wines underwent full malolactic fermentation and were aged on gross lees in old French oak. Secondary yeast fermentation was conducted in the bottle and was aged on the yeast lees for 32 months. The bottles were hand-riddled over 5 weeks.
Golden strawin colour. Nose of fresh citrus and freshly bakcd bread. On the palate: Light citrus, peach, fresh and crisp with a creamy dry finish.
Fish and chips. Emmental and camembert cheese. Roasted almonds