2021 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
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Hunting Hill is one of Kumeu River's special single vineyards. It offers that lovely ripeness and defined fruit but in a more focused style, with delicate weight and 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.
$83.99 in mixed 6+ or $93.99 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

96/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Concentrated, taut, Burgundy-like wine with grapefruit, oyster shell, lime blossom and a subtle seasoning of spicy oak supported by a tangy backbone of acidity. It has power, poise and purity. A high-energy chardonnay with a lingering finish. Drink 2022 to 2029."

97/100 Thomas Parker MW (2020 vintage)

"The Hunting Hill site sits on the slope that overlooks Mate's Vineyard, and always produces Kumeu's most tightly-wound wines. The vineyard was replanted in 2000 to elevate quality, and at 20 years old in 2020 the vines are producing the best fruit the site has ever seen. This has been bottled as a single vineyard cuvée since 2006. The Brajkovich family are not ones to overstate a vintage, but in 2020 they believe they have even surpassed the magnificent 2019. Hand harvested and whole-bunch pressed, a spontaneous fermentation and maturation take place all in tight-grained Francois Frères barrels, of which 25% are new. Pale lemon-green in colour. Steely and tight on the nose initially, this reveals itself beautifully with air as it always does. Preserved lemon, peach skins and just a hint of lime come through. The palate is chalky and grippy with phenolics, built with superb structure for the long term. Against this is intense, cool fruit. Crystalline citrus and riper stone fruit come through together, building in intensity through the mid palate. The struck flint note is persistent throughout but always in balance with the fruit. Cutting acidity lingers on the finish in tandem with the fruit. Long and expansive, this should get ever better after a few years of bottle age."

96/100 James Suckling (2020 vintage)

"A complex chardonnay with yellow citrus, as well as lemon-curd and creamy tones. Light hazelnut, too. The palate has such all-encompassing, fresh peachy flavors and builds impressively through the long, full finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

Variety Chardonnay
Region Auckland & Waiheke Island
Closure Cap
Volume 750 ml
Maturity 2022 - 2029

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