Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2021
Gold Medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2021
Hunters have a long and proud history of producing Methode Traditionelle in Marlborough. Firstly under the Chandon label and then establishing the Miru Miru label over 20 years ago with the first release in 1997. Since then, the wines (There's also a Rose and Vintage Reserve in the range) have been won an amazing number of awards and received international recognition. Demand far exceeds supply and it always sells out in between bottlings.
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, October 2021 (NV)
"Made using all three traditional varieties of Chardonnay, Pinots Noir and Meunier, bottle fermented and aged on lees for 18 months – delivers aromas and flavours of brioche and raw cashew nut, sweet lemon and white fleshed stone fruits and a note of water cracker. Delicious on the palate with a core of fruit and salivating acidity, a coarse silk texture, fine lees and raw nut flavours mingle with citrus and stone fruit. Balanced, well made, dry and ready. Best drinking from today and through 2028+."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper, October 2021 (NV)
"'Miru Miru' means 'Bubbles'. This Marlborough wine is disgorged after a minimum of 18 months on its yeast lees (earlier than its Reserve stablemate, below), has a lower Pinot Noir content and a crisper finish. The non-vintage wine I tasted recently is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (mostly), with a splash of Pinot Meunier. Pale straw, it is attractively scented, with vigorous, citrusy, yeasty flavours, showing very good intensity and complexity, and a dryish (7.4 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp finish. Good value."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2021 (NV)
"A blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. Very champagne-like with an emphasis on yeast lees character rather than fruit. Appealing baguette crust and brioche characters take centre-stage with apple and citrus characters in the background."
4 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine Sparkling Tasting, October 2020 (NV)
"MiruMiru means ‘bubbles’ in Maori and it’s aptly named, as in the glass the bead is vibrant, persistent and welcoming. White peach and citrus lime-pith floral aromatics are seductive on the nose and follow through to the palate balanced with an elegant softness and creamy mouthfilling suppleness. Just lovely."
5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin, September 2017 (NV)
"From the first sniff and sip, you’ll completely understand why this is one of the most highly awarded sparkling wines in the country and a much-loved favourite of mine. Generous and lush, with rising dough and smoky aromatics, stonefruit and citrus wash across the palate leaving a rich creamy, textural finish. It’s fresh, stylish and soothing to sip, in fact it’ll leave your tongue feeling like it’s been at the spa."
Top Drop Under $30, Joelle Thomson, August 2017 (NV)
"Hunter’s Wines is one of Marlborough’s first wineries and is the region’s second winery ever to produce bubblies made using the traditional technique used in Champagne – the so called traditional method of creating bubbles in the bottle during a second fermentation. This results in greater density of bubbles and massively more complex, yeasty flavours than most sparkling wines made in sealed tanks where the CO2 from fermentation dissolves into the wine. MiruMiru NV is super fresh in flavour with intense yeasty aromas and fresh bakery flavours in every complex sip. Its bubbles are fine and lingering, just like champagne, only a hell of a lot more affordable."