2016 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay

2016 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay

94 Points Richard Caro
2016 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay
94 Points Richard Caro

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Hunting Hill is one of Kumeu River's special single vineyard labels. It offers the same lovely ripeness and weighty fruit of the others, but usually in a finer and more focused style with more pronounced flinty/mineral themes. The site was planted in 1984 on the slope above the legendary Mate's vineyard, before a replanting in 2000 revealed a new single vineyard quality that is now a legend in itself. This will be delicious soon, but is recommended for cellaring.

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$52.99 in mixed 6+ or $58.99 per bottle




Its Origins

In 1938 Maté Brajkovich arrived in New Zealand with his parents, who settled in Kumeu and in 1944 bought a small vineyard which would later become Kumeu River wines. For a few decades Maté mostly made simple fortified and sparkling wines. It wasn't until 1982 however, when Matés son Michael took over, that the wines would really start to turn heads. Michael and his siblings began to transform the vineyard and vinification practices to more considered, traditional ways, with hand harvesting, improved drainage, judicious use of oak and only using the wild yeast present in the vineyard to bring a sharper definition of terroir into the wines. Matés vineyard is the original land bought in 1944, re-planted by Maté just before his death with low-yielding Mendoza clone Chardonnay in 1990.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Bob Campbell (2015 vintage)

“Pure and appealing chardonnay in a typical Hunting Hill style, with taut mineral, apple, white peach and citrus flavours plus a seasoning of nutty yeast lees and spicy oak. Should develop well.”

96/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim (2015 vintage)

"Like crisp white linen, this is pure, exquisitely detailed and immensely satisfying. Delicate aromas of white stone fruit, lemon peel, oatmeal and almond lead to a focused palate that is concentrated and persistent with silky mouthfeel and creamy texture. The wine offers tight structure and superb length, and promises to evolve gloriously. At its best: 2018 to 2027. $60.00. www.kumeuriver.co.nz. Oct 2016."

Stats & Food Matching

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  • Region

    Auckland & Waiheke Island

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  • Volume

    750 ml

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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