Hunters Wines MiruMiru™ Reserve 2013, and Hunter’s Riesling 2016, 2012, and 2006 come out on top.
Two varieties of Hunter’s Wine have been recognised with trophies at the 2017 Marlborough Wine Show, picking up the Winemakers’ Association of Marlborough trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine, as well as The Marlborough Museum Legacy Award.
Hunter’s Wines managing director Jane Hunter says the trophies, presented to the Hunter’s MiruMiru™ Reserve 2013, and Hunter’s Riesling 2016, 2012 and 2006, are the latest in a string of awards for the team, who put great efforts into producing quality wines.
“The last 12 months have seen us pick up the Wolf Blass Award, the Rose Bowl trophy and now the Legacy Award for Riesling.
“Our wines are primarily going into restaurants and fine dining; we want these wines to age well and these awards indicate that we are on the right track,” Jane says.
The Legacy Award is presented by the Marlborough Wine Show, together with the Marlborough Museum, to acknowledge producers whose wines offer significant pedigree.
Entrants must submit three vintages of one wine within a 10-year period, with a minimum gap of two years between each one.
“It is extremely satisfying to win awards for Riesling, which generally flies well below the radar,” Jane says.
The Winemakers’ Association of Marlborough trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine is also one of multiple awards for the Hunter’s MiruMiru™ range.
Hunter’s winemaker Inus van der Westhuizen was at the awards last week to collect the trophies, and says the team was very pleased to receive the award.
“Quality first is very much part of what everyone is striving for at Hunter’s Wines,” he says.
“A lot of effort goes into making this wine and it’s very satisfying when the wine gets the acknowledgement it deserves.”
Jane says a major part of the MiruMiru™ success is that Hunter’s have now been producing sparkling wine since 1987, and have a good understanding of the grape varieties, the blending and ageing processes, and interactions within the complex wine style.
“We have adapted the French champagne methodology to suit our New Zealand sparkling wine with the resultant complex but elegant sparkling wine unashamedly New Zealand,” she says.
“The MiruMiru™ range has been hugely successful for us here and in our export markets, and continuing awards add to the kudos of this wine and have given us a very valuable niche market. We are immensely proud to receive yet another award for this wine.”
The Marlborough Wine Show reviews and assesses wines produced from a minimum of 95% Marlborough grapes, and celebrates excellence of both Marlborough wines, and the Marlborough wine industry as a whole.