For 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.
The trophy was presented at a black tie gala dinner held at London's Vintner's Hall where Wholesale Director, Michael Robins, of Hunter's United Kingdom distributor, Laytons, was on hand to collect the spoils.
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 thirty-eight 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.
Inus said after learning of the result: "I'm always happy when our wines shine on the world stage. We put in a lot of hours into the preparation at all stages of the process. You know it doesn't happen overnight. With these wines it can be more than four years before we can appreciate the finished product. The work begins in the vineyards and then we have to taste a lot to get the right blend. All of the team are excited by the result."
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