The 2019 Hunting Hill is an absolute knockout. Pale lemon colour in the glass, it is initially tight and brooding, with flint, preserved lemons and fresh limes on the nose. With air is becomes expansive yet precise, with layers of toast, lime blossom, white peach and struck match. The palate is tightly coiled and youthful, but there is unparalleled density of fruit and real viscosity. Through the mid palate this bursts forth with powerful lemon peel and smoky yuzu. This is a vertical, driven wine at this stage, structured by steely acidity, but it flourishes towards the finish with waves of expansive fruit, spice and minerality. The finish is minutes long, further confirming the potential here. It should be given at least 12 months in bottle before approaching, but it will improve for a decade or more. An absolutely outstanding wine that may prove to be the best wine ever made at Kumeu River.