Huia Marlborough Traditional Method Brut 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 17-Jan-2014
58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, hand-picked and WBP, fermented warm in seasoned Fench oak with 100% MLF, the wine spending 3 years on lees in bottle after secondary fermentation. This is 12.5% alc. and carries 6 g/L dosage. Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged. The bead is fine and very persistent. This has a full, broad, but intense bouquet with integrated and complex aromas of white and yellow florals and stonefruits, bready, yeasty autolysis and light, nutty aldehydes, along with oak toastiness and reduction hints. Dry to taste, refined flavours of floral fruits are entwined with nutty, bread-yeast notes. Complexing secondary yeast extract and oak toast nuances add to the interest. The mouthfeel is tight and taut, very dry and the very fine-textures and phenolics suggest a mouthwatering austerity. Soft effervescence and crisp acidity provide good liveliness and balance to the sweetness of the dosage on the long, sustained finish. This is a very refined, elegant and taut method traditionnelle with integrated complex flavours of stonefruits, nuts and yeast. Serve as an aperitif and with canapés over the next 3+ years. 18.5/20 Jan 2014 RRP $36.00

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