A formidable release from the Hunting Hill vineyard, situated on the adjacent hillside to Maté's vineyard. Replanted in 2000, with vines now 20 years old, the resulting wine has immensely balanced power - limey fruit, great tension, pithy citrus, with great volume and superbly structured mouthfeel, and a slightly chalky palate that lingers. No hurry to drink this, Hunting Hill is always the most reserved of the single vineyard releases, but oh boy is it worth the wait. Max 6 bottles
"If you have never tried these wines, then it is time you see for yourself what New Zealand is capable." Neal Martin, Vinous. Kumeu River is considered unanimously to be New Zealand's top Chardonnay producer, and having sold their wines on and off for over 15 years, we are over the moon to have secured a parcel of their outstanding 2020s. Estabalished in the 50s just 20kms north of Auckland, for several decades now the Brajkovich family have fashioned Burgundy-inspired wines that rival their finest old world counterparts - silky, complex, tantalising wines that have gained the favour of just about every wine journalist and MW worth their salt.
FROM THE PRESS
“Really nervy nose. Truly burgundian, if one is allowed to say this. Great fruit and great tension. Just the job and amazingly vibrant and persistent on the finish. You could drink this already but it will clearly last really well – though winemaker Michael Brajkovich is consistently cautious with his suggested drinking windows; 'will improve with bottle age for four to six years'. A hint of Puligny here. 17++. Drink 2021-2028”Jancis Robinson MW
“Possibly the most complete Hunting Hill Chardonnay I've tasted in youth, the 2020 provides a harmonious, melt-in-your-mouth impression. It has breadth and concentration but retains a sense of elegance on the midpalate before finishing with precision and length. Yes, there's a little bit of flint character too, but then Hunting Hill is known to be reductive; give it time. Like Forrest Gump, it runs through a finish line and keeps on going effortlessly. There's no box of chocolates here, though; it's all white nectarine, citrus, white flowers and a touch of smoked nuts. 95 points. Drink 2023-2035”Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous