2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu River, Kumeu

Notes of gunflint and orange blossom on the nose, with red apples and sea spray. Silky acidity and a textured palate combine to make a wine that is long, focussed, with so much to give. Charming, complex, and very impressive from the Brajkovich family.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£35.68
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£214.08

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Kumeu, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  • Maturity
    Ready 2019 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Organic
    Principally Organic
2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu River, Kumeu

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay has a very well-defined bouquet of lemon curd, granite, yellow flowers and just a hint of vanilla pod that derives from the François Frères barrels. The precise, detailed palate is well defined with a crisp line of acidity and a harmonious, succinct finish of lemon curd, canned apricot and citrus fruit, all infused with light ginger and minerals. This is a complex, intellectual Chardonnay with a long, bright future ahead. A fabulous Hunting Hill. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London.

Neal Martin, vinous.com
94/100
Kumeu River

Called “White Burgundy in Kiwi clothing” by Neal Martin and "an Auckland Pearl" by Julia Harding MW, no New World producer has received such critical acclaim over the last few years as Kumeu River. It’s no surprise: this is a New Zealand Chardonnay producer crafting wines of Grand Cru quality at village wine prices. And the connection to Burgundy is apt: these wines are dead ringers for top white Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet or Meursault, without losing their own sense of identity.

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