New World sparkling wine isn’t my happiest hunting ground. But this is really good: full flavoured, complex, intense. I can’t find any UK stockists, but I reckon it will come in about the same price as Pelorus, the sparkling wine from Cloudy Bay.
Huia Blanc de Blancs 2004 Marlborough, New Zealand
A sparkling Chardonnay with the base wine aged in used French oak. Deep yellow colour. Lovely complex, toasty nose with notes of nuts, honey and vanilla, as well as fresh citrus fruit and some richer apricot character. The palate is powerful, savoury and spicy with bold toasty notes alongside fresh citrus fruit. Robust, full flavoured, complex and satisfying for current drinking. 91/100 (UK agent Bibendum Wine)
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