“Kumeu River is a truly great producer of fine, ageworthy Chardonnay at more than fair prices. But they are located in a suburb of Auckland where urban development is encroaching apace…..Chardonnays from this vineyard (Hunting Hill), opposite the winery and owned by the family, need probably the most time to open up; Paul suggested five to six years. Unlike the Coddington vineyard, which is trained on a conventional trellis with vertical shoot positioning, Hunting Hill is all trained on the double trellis of the lyre system. It was replanted in 2000, not with the Mendoza clone, which is virus-affected, but with clone 15. Mainly on clay, this is a relatively cool site because it is in the direct path of sea breezes from the south west even though it faces north overall” – Jancis Robinson Hand picked, whole cluster pressed, then fermented and aged on the lees for 11 months, 25% new François Frères barrels. The 3-ha vineyard usually produces just over 1,000 cases of Chardonnay.
“The voluminous yet weightless 2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay continues this bottling’s successful run of vintages. Hints of roasted cashew accent tropical fruit, but thanks to a zesty line of citrusy acids, the wine powers forward without ever seeming overly broad or heavy. It simply coats the mouth with a stunning array of complex flavors, lingering gently on the finish.” – WA 95 points
JR 17.5, WS 92.