The 2007 Hunting Hill Chardonnay has a wonderful, vibrant bouquet of crushed minerals, citrus fruit, lime and crushed stone, very Burgundy-like in style and very well defined. The palate is taut and fresh with impressive mineral drive; the essence of the sea comes through on the bright, tensile finish. This is a brilliant wine from Kumeu River, and judging by this showing, it will offer another 15 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London.
Tasted blind at Farr Vintners Kumeu/White Burgundy tasting. The 2007 Hunting Hill Chardonnay has a very complex, mineral-driven and harmonious bouquet with superb details: white flowers, almond and granitic scents, a slight yeasty scent that develops with time. The palate is fresh and rounded with a crisp line of acidity, good concentration with a rounded, citrus-fresh finish that shows great length. Tasting this blind you would swear you were in Meursault...in the heart of a premier cru too. What a fabulous, regal wine from Kumeu River. Drink: 2015 - 2025
The keyword to the 2007 Hunting Hill Chardonnay is subtlety for whereas the Mate's leaps out at you, the Hunting Hill beckons you to seek out its virtues. Hints of limestone, granite, a touch of lanolin and Brazil nut. The palate is beautifully balanced, so elegant and natural that it leaves you captivated. Drink this nectar over the next six years.
This wine presents intense lemon curd and warm lime notes with some creaminess and touches of honeysuckle and coriander seed plus some meal. Very tight-knit with crisp acid and a concentrated citrusy character, it has a nice silky texture and there's some toastiness in the long finish.
Ripe apricots and nectarines the nose has depth of flavour a rich mix of fruits the start of the palate is fleshy and sweet with at the back herbal freshness. The layers of flavour the mix of limes, herbs and tangerines give complexity a balance of rich fruit and mineral intensity. 2018-24
Bright and jazzy, showing lime-accented pineapple, with hints of tobacco and star fruit weaving through the long, elegant finish. This stylish wine needs time in the cellar to settle. Best from 2010 through 2017.
Pronounced rich oak; tight knit. Firm palate, some oaky characters, good acidity, quite youthful, should develop. From 2012. (Recommended).
Lovely melange of wet straw, sappy white citrus, lime peel and waxy yellow orchard fruits, complex and balanced, perfectly fresh and mature but with incredible verve and vigour, brightness and fresh citric kick. Very fine indeed. One of the best.
Fine and sweetly fruited with some spicy, nutty notes on the nose. Lively, fresh, lemony palate with keen acidity. Very linear and pure with a bright lemony finish.
Clean and fresh and direct. I like the extract and drive. Very chewy still – arguably this needs even more time!
Seems at first sniff a little less ripe than the Estate Chardonnay, more citrus than melon, even a hint of clementine skin, becoming more perfumed in the glass and creamy, almost nutty on the palate. Slightly smoky on the palate too and a savoury, mealy texture from the barrel ferment. Excellent length and freshness yet already pretty complex. Really fine and definitely worthy of separate bottling. 13.5% (JH)
An extremely fresh chardonnay for more than a decade of age with stunning balance and a very long finish, the candied citrus and mineral character very intense and subtle. Delicious now, but where can you find chardonnays of this age that still have so much aging potential? Drink or hold. Screw cap.