In Maori, Hãhã means savoury and luscious, tasty and delicious.
The Hãhã Wine virtual winery brand is one of the relatively rare success stories employing the negociant model. Starting with small lots of 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir from Marlborough selected by John Belsham, the Haha range is diverse with its varieties and styles, and the regions from where the fruit is drawn. Several winemakers are now contracted, and the wine has a strong export market as well domestic demand.
Ant MacKenzie recently joined as their Chief Winemaker.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Hãhã Syrah 2019, Hawkes BaySyrah from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 24-Jun-2020Dark, medium purple with a ruby hue, even colour throughout. The nose is revealing with breadth, filled with savoury notes, cedar, toasty oak and spices; underlying ripened fruit note of plums and blueberries. Medium-bodied, the palate is lush with juicy fruit of plums and blueberries with a savoury undertone; unveiling cedar, toasty oak and spices. The palate is smooth with ripe tannin extraction; balanced by lacy acidity, flows to a savoury and dry finish with linearity. This is a savoury Syrah with flavours of plums and blueberries with cedar, toasty oak detail and spices; balanced by lacy acidity on a smooth tannin palate. Match with lamb barbeque over the next 2-4 years. Fruit from Bridge Pa. Cold soaked, temperature-controlled fermentation in a mix of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels to 12.5% alc. 17/20 pts June 2020 RRP $24.99
Hãhã Pinot Noir 2019, MarlboroughPinot Noir from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 24-Jun-2020Dark, even throughout, light ruby-red colour. The nose is youthful and vibrant with perfume, Cherry Ripe, blackberries melded with a subtle oak spice element. Medium-bodied, vibrant confectionary fruit note of cherry, raspberry and blackberry took centre stage, merged with a subtle note of oak spices. The fruit is juicy, alongside mouthwatering acidity, very fresh and vibrant; flows with good energy to a moderately long finish. There is a delicate layer of smooth tannin, added interest on the palate. This is a vibrant, straightforward Pinot Noir with juicy fruit and lively acidity with a subtle tone of oak spices on a smooth tannin texture line. Match with Charcuterie board and Spicy Thai beef salad over the next 2 years. Fruit from vineyards in the Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley. Cold soaked, temperature-controlled fermentation in a mix of stainless steel tanks and oak barrels to 13% alc. 16.5/20 pts June 2020 RRP $24.99
Hãhã Merlot 2019, Hawkes BayMerlot from New Zealand - Hawke's BayReview Date : 24-Jun-2020Dark, deep ruby-purple with a lightness, even throughout. The nose is gently-full with aromas of violet, dark plums and blackberries, melded with savoury meatiness and nutty oak element. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fresh and youthful with flavours of dark plums and blackberries, along with savoury meat and nutty oak element. The acidity is lively, provided freshness and support; along with lightly firm fine-grained tannin extraction, contributed to the body and mouthfeel. This is an amiable, youthful Merlot with lively acidity and fine-grained tannin extraction. Match with meat barbeque over the next 2-3 years. Vegan friendly. 100% Merlot fruit from elevated terraces along the Ngaruroro River. Fermented in a mix of oak barrels and stainless steel tanks to 13% alc. 50% aged in French oak barrels for 10 months. 17.5/20 pts June 2020 RRP $17.99
Hãhã Brut Rosé NVSparkling Wine from New Zealand - OtherReview Date : 29-Jul-2020Bright, light rose-pink with a peach hue; bubbles are moderately fine and persistent. The nose is youthful and vibrant with aromas of red florals, red berries, along with fresh herbs and yellow stonefruit, unveiling subtle notes of baking and mealy as it aerated. Medium-bodied, dry to taste with a hint of sweetness. Aromas of red fruit and red florals melded with fresh herbs and bread detail, brisk and lively. The palate is fresh with mouthwatering acidity; smooth-flowing with good energy and a light phenolic drip, balancing the bread and yeast detail, added interest. This is a youthful, thirst-quenching sparkling rosé with flavours of red fruit, red florals, along with herbs and yeasty, bread detail, lingers to a fresh and dry finish. Match with salmon sushi and tempura with ponzu over the next 2 years. 17/20 pts July 2020 RRP