Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu – 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Hunting Hill is a vineyard that was first planted in 1982 and became a significant part of the original Kumeu River Chardonnay blend. Occupying the slope overlooking Mate’s Vineyard, it has always contributed lovely ripe and rich fruit to the Estate Chardonnay. Hunting Hill was replanted in 2000 and is now even better than before, giving beautifully ripe fruit with a distinctive mealy minerality.

    • Location: Hunting Hill, Kumeu, Auckland
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Size: 3.37 hectares (8 acres)
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001
    • Clones: 15
    • Soil: Clay loam
    • Elevation: 100 meters (328 feet)
    • Exposure: North facing but sloping slightly to Southwest
    • Training: Lyre
  • Vintage Report

    • Yields: 2.7 tonne/acre
    • Brix: 22.5°
  • Vinification

    • Hand harvested
      Whole-bunch pressed
      Indigenous-yeast fermentation
      French oak barrels, 25% new oak
      100% barrel fermentation
      100% malolactic fermentation
      11 months maturation in barrel

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2019 vintage was exceptional and produced sensational Chardonnay across all vineyards. Hunting Hill is very distinctive in its terroir typicity, with piercing lemon/lime fruit lift and florality on the nose, richness and volume in the mouth followed by lingering acidity and minerality on the finish. This is an absolute classic example of how great the Chardonnay grape can be: A beautifully powerful, yet elegant and complex wine with long term aging ability.

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  • Kumeu River Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu – 2019 – Jancis Robinson – 17.5 Points

    High-toned, tight and very sophisticated. The sort of wine that demands comparison with fine white burgundy. Real integrity and depth. Dry (not sweet) and with light grip on the palate. You could drink this now but you shouldn't; it will so clearly improve, deepen in flavour while retaining its admirable structure and vitality. Much more 'mineral' than the Coddington. Real tingle here. I'm sure Michael Brajkovich won't thank me for the comparison but it does rather remind me in structure of one of Rafael Palacios's finest Valdeorras single-vineyard bottlings. (And those are the wines that rem

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