NV MiruMiru™ Non-Vintage
Our MiruMiru™ Non-Vintage has really developed into a brand of it's own in the 20 years since we started making it.
The grapes are picked at optimum fruit ripeness to obtain delicate fruit flavours and particular attention was placed on a good acid/sugar balance of the fruit.
The wine istreated by traditional methods, i.e. no sulphur was added so subtle oxidation occurred (the reverse of methods used for treating our table wines) yet one can still pick out the strong Marlborough fruit characters.
The fruit is then gently pressed with low litres per tonne extraction. The resultant juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks before undergoing full malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier parcels are kept separate, blending just before tirage. This Non-Vintage Méthode Traditionelle spends 12-18 months on lees.
The nose exhibits light yeasty characters with peach and citrus aromas. An elegant palate showing a
blend of peach/citrus chardonnay components followed by the light berry fruits of the pinot noir. The mouth filling mousse completes the palate that is full and persistent.
Harvest Date: February/March
Alcohol: 12.5% Vol.
Total Acidity: 6.5 – 7.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 5.0 - 5.5 g/l
Bottled: February one year after harvest
Fruit Source: 100% Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
SILVER - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019
BLUE-GOLD - Sydney International Wine Competition 2018
GOLD – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018
GOLD – Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018
GOLD - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017
BEST IN CLASS - BEST NEW ZEALAND NON-VINTAGE BRUT - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017
GOLD - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015
BEST IN CLASS - BEST VALUE NEW ZEALAND SPARKLING WINE - Champagne & Sparkling
Wine World Championships 2015
GOLD - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
GOLD - New World Wine Awards 2015
CHAMPION SPARKLING WINE - New World Wine Awards 2015
5 STARS - Yvonne Lorkin, 10 December 2014
5 STARS & WINE OF THE WEEK - The Listener, Michael Cooper, 7 November 2017
“Fragrant andvivacious, this bottle-fermented Marlborough bubbly is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. It has rich, citrusy, yeasty flavours, showing good complexity, and a dryish, smooth finish. Good value at $22-$29.”
4.5 STARS & BEST BUY - Cuisine Magazine, Issue 185, Nov/Dec 2017
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Hunter's MiruMiru™, now firmly established as a New Zealand classic. This NV release offers biscuity apple aromas and a weighty, balanced, complex mouthful. It flows with tightness and discipline through to a crisp, lifted finish.”
4 STARS - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2016
“'MiruMiru' means 'Bubbles'. This wine is disgorged earlier than its Reserve stablemate (below), has a lower Pinot Noir content and a crisper finish. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the sample I tasted in late 2014
4 STARS - WineNZ Magazine, Summer 2017/2018
“Simon Nash: Fresh, quite juicy. Good mid-palate weight. A good herbal finish.
Dave McKee: Moderate hue. Fresh, vegetal. A slightly salty front palate. Crisp and clean with nice length.
Barry Riwai: Sweaty boxwood notes, mango. Big bolshy style, but with enough acidity to give balance. Some saltiness too.”
4 STARS - Winestate, March/April 2015
“Fresh and aromatic, with an attractive lightness and vivacity. Crisp, citrusy, appley, yeasty flavours, showing good tightness, delicacy and complexity.”
4 STARS - Michael Cooper, Listener, 7 August 2014
“Mirumiru” means bubbles. Showing good maturity, this pale-straw wine has rich, peachy, slightly toasty flavours and is lively and generous.”
90 POINTS - Matt Walls, timatkin.com, 11 February 2015
Clean, fresh, floral aromas. Balanced and harmonious with good line and balance. Citrussy style with a lovely texture and fizz. A good middle-weight example, could be Champagne but the ripeness of the fruit flavours suggests a slightly warmer climate.
RECOMMENDED - Emma Jenkins MW, The Australian Women’s Weekly (NZ), Jun 2017
“Good sparkling is a very useful thing to have on hand in a cellar and Miru Miru (Maori for "bubbles") is a very useful sparkling: vibrantly fresh but with a satisfying richness.”