Kumeu River Wines has been a family affair since day one. The Brajkovich family are known for world class Chardonnay produced in Kumeu, north-west of Auckland.
Hunting Hill is a Burgundian style with distinct mineral character and fine acidity.
Very floral and quite toasty in the nose, this is already very attractive, in spite of its youth. Sleek yet polished with stunning concentration and vibrant acidity driving the very long, tight finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
95 Points, James Suckling
Impressively concentrated chardonnay with tree fruit, white peach, nectarine, hazelnut and a thread of wet stone mineral character. The wine has appealing purity, impeccable balance and a lingering finish.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (August 2018)
A lovely array of aromas here, with flowers and fruits of many kinds. Full-bodied, rich, deep and lovely. The wine is beautifully balanced, intense and lingering, with good palate tension and line. A classic chardonnay; a benchmark.
96 points, Huon Hooke (August 2018)
Another fine effort from this terrific vineyard, the 2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay delivers an array of mellow peach and melon notes, accented by delicate hints of roasted cashews. Medium to full-bodied, it's round, rich, creamy and long, almost decadent in style. Drink it over the next 6-7 years for its plush, languid fruit.
94 points, Joe Czerwinski (March 2019)
The 2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay has a very well-defined bouquet of lemon curd, granite, yellow flowers and just a hint of vanilla pod that derives from the François Frères barrels. The precise, detailed palate is well defined with a crisp line of acidity and a harmonious, succinct finish of lemon curd, canned apricot and citrus fruit, all infused with light ginger and minerals. This is a complex, intellectual Chardonnay with a long, bright future ahead. A fabulous Hunting Hill. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London.