Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu
Rather closed on the nose and slightly funky from reduction, but very concentrated on the palate. This effortlessly marries power and freshness. The long finish is almost steely but enormously refreshing, too. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
"Very citrus-focused nose with overtly minerally crushed stony notes. Some sweet fermentation-derived leesy florals, too. An extremely distinctive wine in the set of single site Kumeu chardonnays. The palate continues the flinty, mineral theme, with chiselled shape and pithy grapefruit bitterness that really smacks the finish into place. Drink now."