2005 Huia Blanc de Blanc Sparking Wine Marlborough New Zealand
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Huia's 2005 Blanc de Blancs offers toasty / biscuity aromas over notes of peaches, spiced apple slices and honeycomb plus a hint of toasted almonds. Light bodied with plenty of fine, frisky bubbles, it offers a good concentration of honeyed toast and apple tart flavors with crisp acidity and a long harmonious finish. Drink it now through 2014+.
100% Chardonnay, made in the Traditional Method ("methode champenoise"), with first fermentation and ageing on the lees in French oak followed by secondary fermentation and ageing on the lees for three and a half years in bottle; all hand-disgorged. It shows ripe citrus and peach aromas and flavors, with a rich, creamy mouthfeel and underlying breadiness and toast. Recommended with canapés, fresh and oven baked oysters, sushi, smoked salmon and fresh seafood.