Two very nice sparkling wines: New Zealand and England

Two very nice sparkling wines: one from Kiwi land and one from over here. Both pretty serious, and not expensive.

Huia Blanc de Blancs 2005 Marlborough, New Zealand
I’d been very impressed by the 2004, so I was keen to try this, the follow-on vintage. Just as good. Attractive, rich, toasty nose with a sweet creamy edge. The palate shows lovely breadth of citrus fruit with some rich toasty, spicy notes and a bit of buttery richness. 92/100 (Bibendum Wine is the UK agent)

Southridge Blanc de Noirs English Sparkling Wine 2009 England
12.5% alcohol. Made by Ridgeview, this is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pint Meunier. Full yellow colour, with a tiny hint of pink. Rich, fruity, slightly toasty nose is nicely complex and still very fresh. The palate has delicious fruit: citrus, white peach, a hint of cherry. Superbly balanced with some appley notes on the finish. Ideal with pork. 91/100 (£19.99 Laithwaites)

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