The production of organic biodynamic wine is a humbling process. It binds the farmer to the earth and requires intellect combined equally with intuition. The farmer must know their land to grow healthy grapes to produce beautiful wine. It’s something Claire & Mike Allan of Huia have mastered, which is perhaps why they have recently been awarded Organic / Biodynamic Winery of the Year at the highly regarded New York International Wine Competition.
They started Huia Vineyards in the 1990’s in Marlborough with the objective of taking a little old world style and marrying it to the in-your-face fruit Marlborough is so well known for. The end result is truly intriguing and delicious wines. The good thing is, intrigue doesn’t mean intimidating with Huia. The entire selection of wines is incredibly food friendly but equally enjoyed with just a few olives or almonds on hand while you chat away into the small hours.
The varieties made at Huia include Methode Traditionelle Huia Brut 2009 (bubbly!), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. There are two ranges under the Huia Vineyards banner, their flagship wines – Huia and also Hunky Dory Wines, which is a selection made from local organic growers.
Best place to start: Huia Brut 2009 (RRP $35) – brioche and peaches greet the nose and light strawberries and white peach flavours refresh the palate. Knock it back with a good selection of creamy cheeses or if you’re keen to get exotic, try ricotta ravioli.
Editor’s Note: Morven McAuley is the founder of marketing, sales, content and social strategy company Tradecraft, which represents a variety of clients including Huia. This feature is a platform for Morven to celebrate the stars of the NZ wine industry, Huia was simply the perfect place for her to start.