2005 Huia Blanc de Blanc

Year: 2005
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Advocate: 89
Sparkling Wine
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"Huia’s 2005 Blanc de Blancs offers toasty / biscuity aromas over notes of peaches, spiced apple slices and honeycomb plus a hint of toasted almonds. Light bodied with plenty of fine, frisky bubbles, it offers a good concentration of honeyed toast and apple tart flavors with crisp acidity and a long harmonious finish. Drink it now through 2014+." (WA)

Winery Notes:
2005 Huia Blanc de Blancs Background:
Huia Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine made in the traditional method. The 2005 vintage was an excellent year in Marlborough. The grapes developed very good flavours and balance. This vintage is one hundred percent Chardonnay.

The grapes were hand picked and whole bunch pressed and the juice was racked off to barrels for fermentation. A warm fast ferment was encouraged. The base wines underwent full malolactic fermentation and were aged on gross lees in old French oak. The secondary yeast fermentation was conducted in the bottle and was aged on the yeast lees for three and a half years. The bottles were hand riddled over a five week period before disgorging.

Tasting Note:
The 2005 Huia Blanc de Blancs displays an excellent fine bead and good bubble retention. The nose shows lovely bready and biscuity characters with an underlying toastiness. The Palate is rich in peach fruit with ripe citrus flavours. There is a delicate creaminess ending with a long elegant dry finish.

Food Matches:
Huia Blanc de Blancs is delicious with: canapés, fresh and oven baked oysters, sushi, smoked salmon and fresh seafood.