Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu River 2019

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New Zealand2019Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverBT500330.001295 RGAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 18.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, July 2020

On a slope overlooking Maté's Vineyard. Replanted in 2000. Made in exactly the same way as Coddington but always a bit tenser.
High-toned, tight and very sophisticated. The sort of wine that demands comparison with fine white burgundy. Real integrity and depth. Dry (not sweet) and with light grip on the palate. You could drink this now but you shouldn't; it will so clearly improve, deepen in flavour while retaining its admirable structure and vitality. Much more 'mineral' than the Coddington. Real tingle here. I'm sure Michael Brajkovich won't thank me for the comparison but it does rather remind me in structure of one of Rafael Palacios's finest Valdeorras single-vineyard bottlings. (And those are the wines that remind me of a great Puligny …). Drink 2020 – 2034

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, September 2020

This wine manages to walk the tightrope of richness and finesse, and it does it with swagger. It's no surprise that this powerful, highly concentrated Chardonnay was fermented in new oak barrels after a hiatus in 2018 – it certainly has the stuffing to take it. Hunting Hill is Kumeu's most reductive Chardonnay but its influence remains subtle, bringing the merest flint note and added tension to the nectarine and lemon peel flavors. Poised and well judged.

Score: 95Rebecca Gibb MW,, November 2020

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