2016 Chardonnay Hunting Hill
|Origin||New Zealand, North Island|
Michael Brajkovich, a Master of Wine, has been making world-class Chardonnays in Kumeu, Auckland for decades. Hunting Hill provides fruit for the Estate Chardonnay as well as for this single-vineyard bottling that is barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts and then matured for 11 months. The 2016 is floral-perfumed, waxy, intense and complex with a lingering, salty, mineral finish: a wine of great purity and freshness. Drink any time over the next six or so years. Rating: 93 www.thewinegang.com (Mar 2018)
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The voluminous yet weightless 2016 Hunting Hill Chardonnay continues this bottling's successful run of vintages. Hints of roasted cashew accent tropical fruit, but thanks to a zesty line of citrusy acids, the wine powers forward without ever seeming overly broad or heavy. It simply coats the mouth with a stunning array of complex flavors, lingering gently on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2027 Rating: 95 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Feb 2018)
Vibrant, this offers a precise and intense laser beam of Meyer lemon, orange marmalade and tangerine flavors that are expressive and kept crisp by juicy acidity. Notes of green tea linger on the finish, with hints of citrus zest. Drink now. Drinking range: 2017 - Rating: 92-92 MaryAnn Worobiec, The Wine Spectator (Dec 2017)
The flinty nose gives way to ripe peach and nectarine fruits with a svelte, linear and focused palate. Terrific clarity of bright yellow peach fruit flavor and handy acid cut, too. Drink now. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Nov 2017)
From the pioneering days to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognised as producing world class wine. The Brajkovich family continue to harvest their grapes at Kumeu and refine their wine making skills.
The Brajkovichs are nationally recognised as a founding family of the New Zealand wine industry, and the current generation are internationally recognised as producing world class Chardonnay.
Just as the Brajkovich family has grown, so too has the winery itself. Extensions and additions mark the milestones that have seen business adapt and expand over the years. Today, the winery produces around 250,000 bottles annually from 30 hectares of its own vineyards in Kumeu, and another 10 hectares from local growers.
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