Kumeu River 2020 Hunting Hill Chardonnay

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Of the 4 single vineyard wines, Hunting Hill is invariably my favourite. It is the most 'Kumeu' of Kumeu's wines. Compared to Coddington, Hunting Hill is the more elegant of the two, again with Grand Cru presence. The 2020 has hazelnut and marzipan notes, with just a hint of a delicious bitter twist which brightens up the palate whilst framing the structure of the wine. If I were to sum up this wine with one word it would be 'essence'. Unashamedly Burgundian, which also makes it quintessentially Kumeu. If only Burgundy were this good for this money.

"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 MW, jancisrobinson.com

Grape Varieties

Drink 2023 - 2029+



Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 14%

The Producer


Kumeu River

Kumeu River is Noble Grape's favourite producer of Chardonnay from New Zealand, and quite possibly, I would even go as far to say, in the Southern Hemisphere. The winemaker Michael Brajkovich was New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, and one of the country’s leading viticulturists. Kumeu River is located very close to Auckland and makes Chardonnay their speciality. These wines pay homage to Burgundy and it is fair to say that they are almost indistinguishable from their French counterparts, except for their own unique freshness and brightness.

The Country

New Zealand

New Zealand

Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

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