Wine Geek Recommended
Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
Husband and wife team Mike and Claire Allan have been crafting world class wines from Marlborough, New Zealand for the past twenty years. Establishing Huia, named after unique song birds who made their home in the region and have since disappeared, is an example of their commitment to embrace appropriate, environmentally and economically sustainable wine grape production methods. Their 2007 Pinot Noir was sourced from their three Pinot Noir vineyards, whose soil types vary from Rapaura riverstone to the clay loam of the upper Brancott Valley. The effects of the climatic differences within the Wairau Valley also add to the complexity of flavors found within the grapes. It’s a classical blend of six Pinot Noir clones with each impart their unique flavors to the wine. It’s a wine with depth, balance and juicy tannins, perfect for roast pork or rack of lamb.
Wine Club Selection August 2012
Established in 1996, Huia (pronounced "HOO-yah") Vineyards is owned and operated by Mike and Claire Allan, who were drawn to Marlborough by the intense flavors found in Marlborough's Sauvignon Blancs. Over the past fifteen years, the Allans have developed an enviable reputation in New Zealand, particularly for their sustainable and aromatic dry whites. Committed to the production of premium and classical Marlborough wines, Huia is focused on hand crafting unique wines that express the richness of Marlborough grapes from the vineyard through to the table. To ensure New Zealand stays clean and green for future generations, Huia has become a member of the New Zealand Sustainable Winegrowers. Both the winery and the vineyards have received the Sustainable Accreditation.
Surprising to many, the now famous wine region of Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand didn't have a commercial vineyard until 1973. Now, Marlborough produces some of the best Sauvignon Blanc's and Pinot Noir's in the world, and is by far the most prestigious wine growing districts in the country. With almost 40% of the entire country's vineyards planted, the distinctive cool climates give the winemakers the capability of making wines with real elegance.