Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2020

jamessuckling.com
96 Points

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.

James Suckling, August 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2020

Vinous
95 Points

Possibly the most complete Hunting Hill Chardonnay I've tasted in youth, the 2020 provides a harmonious, melt-in-your-mouth impression. It has breadth and concentration but retains a sense of elegance on the midpalate before finishing with precision and length. Yes, there's a little bit of flint character too, but then Hunting Hill is known to be reductive; give it time. Like Forrest Gump, it runs through a finish line and keeps on going effortlessly. There's no box of chocolates here, though; it's all white nectarine, citrus, white flowers and a touch of smoked nuts.

Rebecca Gibb, July 2021
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Hunting Hill, Kumeu — 2020

JancisRobinson.com
17++ Points

Really nervy nose. Truly burgundian, if one is allowed to say this. Great fruit and great tension. Just the job and amazingly vibrant and persistent on the finish. You could drink this already but it will clearly last really well – though winemaker Michael Brajkovich is consistently cautious with his suggested drinking windows; 'will improve with bottle age for four to six years'. A hint of Puligny here.

Jancis Robinson, June 2021
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