Tasting Huia Wines, Marlborough

xClaire and Mike Allan run this small estate, with Claire in charge of winemaking duties. The vineyards are managed under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand scheme, which encourages members to embrace appropriate environmentally and economically sustainable production methods. These wines are distributed in the UK by Bibendum Wines.

For all stockists of Huia wines, see wine-searcher.com.

white wines

Huia Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Deliciously aromatic and tropical, just a background of cut grass and juicy lemon. Powerful but poised and well balanced palate with real juiciness and verve. Lovely style. 89/100. £8.92

Huia Gewürztraminer 2007
Precise but quite gentle aromatics. Lychee and quite a lot of spice. Punchy, vibrant palkate. Lots of sweeping grapefruit acidity with a dry, tangy finish. 88/100. £8.92

Huia Pinot Gris 2007
There’s a certain creaminess and weight apparant here, with melon and pear fruit. Good balance, with plenty of acidity that is pithy and bone-dry, with a twist of citrus zest to the fruit. 89/100. £9.43

red wines

Huia Pinot Noir 2006
Gently beetrooty nose, with cranberry and soft red fruits. The palate has a richness and silkiness to the texture, and a big sweep of lemony acidity cuts in rather abrubtlyacross the modest fruit. 87/100. £12.00

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