Huia Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand)

Huia Pinot Noir

Something of a stalwart amongst Bibendum’s New World reds is the Pinot Noir from Huia. Huia is a tiny husband and wife operation based in Marlborough creating delicious, biodynamic wines and all in small quantities, so there’s not much to go around!

Owned and run by Claire and Mike Allen all the grapes are biodynamically grown, and from 2012 onwards all their wines have been certified organic.  Plus last year Huia were officially awarded Carbon Neutral status by the CarboNZero programme.

Obviously fans of making wine in a more natural way and respecting the vineyard and its surrounding, we would go so far as to say Huia are one of the finest biodynamic producers in the Southern hemisphere.

Their Pinot Noir is a brilliant example of elegant Kiwi Pinot, offering up smooth, rich red berry fruits, alongside lots of smoke and spice.  All the grapes here are handpicked from two sites, one in Marlborough’s Rapaura sub region and the other on the upper terraces of the Brancott Valley. Once picked the grapes spend eleven months in French oak before being bottled.

What really stands out with this Pinot is the balance Claire and Mike have created, with extremely well integrated oak and silky tannins. A fantastic food wine with an elegant structure and fresh character.

Rob Pickard
7th July 2011

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