75cl * Organic & Biodynamic * Vegan * 12.5% ABV * Marlborough, New Zealand
Huia Vineyards was established by Claire and Mike Allan when they planted the first vines in the Wairau Valley in 1994. After winemaking experience at key Marlborough wineries (most notably Kevin Judd's Cloudy Bay) and extended stages at Veuve Clicquot and Taittinger in Champagne, they made it their mission to create wines of utmost quality in the most environmentally sustainable possible. Certified organic and farming biodynamically, Huia makes some of New Zealand's most elegant, handcrafted wines.
The Huia Grüner Veltliner is a small production, single vineyard wine of approximately 0.4 hectares, grown in Huia’s Kennedy Road Vineyard in the Hawkesbury Valley. After hand-picking, the fruit is crushed and pressed, then settled in stainless steel and, after a few days, the juice is inoculated with organic yeasts and cool fermented to dryness. Interestingly, the wine is left on lees for five months before bottling, which adds a sensation of texture and softness.
This is a lively, elegant and refreshing wine, with notes of jasmine, honeysuckle, mandarin and citrus. Try pairing with scallops or crab dishes, or a spicy Thai beef salad with lots of mint and chilli!