The Coche-Dury Of The New World - 2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay

There have been some rave reviews and massive scores following the biggest ever tasting of Kumeu River Chardonnays by a group of distinguished critics - there were 48 wines tasted in 4 flights of 12. These fabulous wines are at the same quality level of many of the best White Burgundies but are a fraction of the price of their old world counterparts. 
 
Headline quotes include this from Jancis Robinson MW  “Do we need white burgundy? This thought went through my head at the end of an amazing, and impressively consistent, tasting of 48 Chardonnays from Kumeu River in New Zealand last month.” The review on cult blog Vinolent states: “If you want an affordable alternative to Coche-Dury then Kumeu is what you are after.” With tongue slightly in cheek, he also suggests that serving Kumeu River Hunting Hill in in a Coche-Dury bottle would have your guests “(a) none the wiser and (b) suitably impressed”.
 
Our favourite single vineyard Chardonnay from Kumeu River is Hunting Hill, which has been described as “the Puligny Montrachet of New Zealand”. We are delighted to offer the 2016 vintage – a wine with huge scores – at a very modest £240 per dozen in bond.
 
Our own Thomas Parker MW has written in depth about this incredible Kumeu River tasting and his notes can be found here. Notes from other critics can also be found here:

Vinolent 
JancisRobinson.com 
Greg Sherwood MW 
JamesSuckling.com 

If you already know this wine then this remarkable praise from all quarters will come as no surprise. If you are yet to taste it then you really must - once you do, you'll be hooked!

Minimum Order – 12 bottles
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2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu River

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
Price
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New Zealand2016Hunting Hill Chardonnay, Kumeu RiverBT597240.00cs95 JCAdd to Basket
Physically available in December 2018 
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“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. 2018 - 2027"

95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
 

“Ample smoke on the nose. Yet, behind that there's plenty of sliced pears and some white peaches. Very lively and energetic, the long, crisp finish seriously minerally. Delicious now, but also has considerable aging potential."

94 points, JamesSuckling.com

 
“Light struck-match nose and then quite opulent fruit on the palate. Tense and vibrant. Very long. The most appealing 2016 so far."

17.5 points, JancisRobinson.com

 “Pale lemon in the glass, with supreme focus of lime, lemon, struck match and light toast on the nose. The palate is pristine, primary, taut and yet powerful. This is wrapped up and tight at the moment, but the bright acidity, mineral tension, crystalline lemon fruits and light smokiness all show that this wine has great potential. The finish is over a minute long, and the fruit expands with time on the tongue and in the glass. Weightless density and intensity. Best after 2020." 

17+ points, Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners


Minimum Order – 12 bottles
This wine is in stock, immediately available for delivery