The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Hunter’s Rosé named Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine

rsz_1the_shout-hunters_winesFor the second year in a row, Hunter’s Wines have won the Trophy for Best New Zealand Sparkling Wine at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2016. Hunter’s MiruMiru™ Rosé NV, a new release in 2015, has taken the honours. This was on the back of two Best in Class awards for Best New Zealand Vintage Brut Blend and Best New Zealand Rosé for the Hunter’s MiruMiru™ Reserve 2011 and Hunter’s MiruMiru™ Rosé NV respectively.

Hunter’s MiruMiru™ has grown exponentially in recent years and has quickly become a benchmark for méthode traditionelle wines in New Zealand. The MiruMiru™ Rosé NV spent 38 months aging on lees in the bottle before release. The MiruMiru™ Rosé has been a long time in the making, especially for Jane Hunter, owner of Hunter’s Wines, who has dreamed of releasing a methode traditionelle rosé for some time.

Jane commented, “I’ve been wanting to make a sparkling rosé for many years before this came to fruition. I’ve always loved pink bubbles, so it was only natural that we added a Rosé to our line-up of a non-vintage and our Reserve Vintage methode traditionelle wines. To see the results of our hard work and planning extend to this trophy is very exciting. It’s quite flattering in fact for it to be named New Zealand’s Best Sparkling Wine two years in a row. We’re very proud.”

The Hunter’s MiruMiru™ wines are overseen by winemakers Inus van der Westhuizen and James Macdonald with input from consultants Tony Jordan and Gary Duke.

Hunter’s Wines are available across New Zealand and internationally at all good wine retailers. Hunter’s Wines are recognised as one of the pioneers of the Marlborough wine industry and one of New Zealand’s best known family owned wineries. Established by the late Ernie Hunter in 1979, the company is now headed by Jane Hunter, CNZM, OBE. Jane is the most awarded women in the New Zealand wine industry with an impressive set of accolades. After winning immediate acclaim in 1986, now with more than 195 gold medals, 40 trophies and innumerable international awards and accolades later, Hunter’s wines are still breaking new ground.