2021 | Chardonnay
Kumeu River; Hunting Hill Vineyard
Auckland; Kumeu, New Zealand
(92-94; Drink 2025-35)
Fantastic, Puligny-esque nose.
24H Update: Flint, faint toasty oak, dried lemon pith, dehydrated white peaches; Salted tangerine, dried lemon, candied pineapple, lime zest. Wow, very good. — a month ago
Pale lemon color.
Aromas of fresh green snap pea, gooseberry, grass.
Dry. Flavors of lime, snap peas, gooseberry, mineral finish.
Finish: 4/5 — 2 months ago
Magnificent wine! — 3 months ago
Medium deep ruby quite wide ruby , pink rim . Quite peppery black cherry jam , smoky bacon , dried herbs , touch of violet . On the palate quite cool and refreshing , those dark cherry fruits and black pepper notes , touch of anis and herbs . Quite prominent acidity and linear in mouth feel , slightly bitter quite dry tannins, balanced alcohol . Ok length with a peppery , quite lean finish . Elegant and reserved in style . This is drinking well now and over the next 5 years. — 4 months ago
Impressive NZ SB: you have to like this in your face style: huge blast of grapefruit & gooseberry, grassy herbal notes, stones & minerals, it is intense. Not too acidic or angular on palate - particularly if you let it warm up just a bit, fruit turns smoother & more tropical, but still that wall of grapefruit & gooseberry. Lingering dry finish resonates — 2 months ago
Very intense Shiraz. Leave this open one hour before consuming and it will achieve balance. It should be consumed with lamb. After an hour, the overly peppery finish calms down leaving an elegant Shiraz. An excellent buy. — 3 months ago
Nice spicy red wine with hints of strawberry and raspberry, tanic but not too much, and nice smoky finish — a month ago
Medium ruby wide pink rim . Touch of spice on the nose then , sweet strawberry , raspberry , dark cherry , violet and star anise . On the quiet round and juicy sweet reds fruits , mirroring the nose , with adicional cranberry and red currant , good balanced acidity with suave rounded , ripe tannins . Ok length , and well balanced alcohol. This is still very primary , ripe and rich , not a whole lot of complexity however . Can age probably age a while longer. Now and over the next 5-10 years . — 2 months ago