"Starts out firm and juicy, with green apple, Asian pear and lemon zest notes, but then gains momentum, with toast, vanilla bean, candied ginger and honeycomb details, culminating in a detailed, refreshing wine with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2026."
93 Points Wine Spectator
"Wow – the 2011 Hunting Hill Chardonnay shows off an incredible nose of exotic fruits, spices and savories including mango, guava, pineapple paste and yeast extract over touches of brioche, cashews, fresh ginger, cinnamon toast and coriander seed with a whiff of honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, this Chardonnay is one for the hedonists as it offers an array of tropical fruit and spice flavors balanced by racy acidity and a finish with great length. Drink it now to 2021+."
95 Points Wine Advocate
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2010
"The lively acidity lends a fresh, crisp edge to the lime, pear and apricot notes, with lemon zest and spicy cedary details, showing a touch of sea salt minerality. This powerful version maintains an air of elegance, enhanced by a long finish."
93 Points Wine Spectator
"The 2010 Hunting Hill Chardonnay is a little more closed than the Coddington, yet reveals distinctive grapefruit, honeysuckle and chalk aromas with hints of mace, ginger and croissant plus a whiff of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, it is silky, rich and spicy in the mouth and ends with a long, toasty finish. Absolutely delicious now, it will really reward cellaring and drink best 2013 to 2020+."
94 Points Wine Advocate
"2013 Voyager Estate Benchmark tasting. Wines tasted briefly, in appropriate glasses, and for me double blind so as not to induce the usual single blind ‘ I think this wine is this guessing game’ that can happen at such tastings. A snapshot, not a leisurely assessment, though a considered one. Six wines per bracket served in appropriate glasses, picked for quality and interest. No stacking the deck to make the Voyager wines look good.
Plenty of sulphide struck match character, a little nougat and white flower, grapefruit and white stonefruit, but not fruity – very complex Chardonnay nose. Spicy, racy, tight acidity, some gloss and creaminess, really pretty tight – early picked acidity – finish does not quite make the cut, though good. Light on its feet."
95 Points Wine Front
Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2009
"The 2009 Hunting Hill Chardonnay is a little youthfully mute, giving delicate lime zest, chalk dust and pink grapefruit aromas over toasted almonds, meal and buttered scones. The palate has an elegant medium body yet packs in wonderfully concentrated toast, meal and citrus flavors with racy acidity, a satiny texture and a very long finish. I love it now, though it will benefit from another 6-12 months in bottle, drinking best 2013 to 2019+."
94 Point Wine Advocate
"Hunting Hill is a vineyard that was first planted in 1982 and became a significant part of the original Kumeu River Chardonnay blend. Occupying the slope overlooking Mate's Vineyard, it has always contributed lovely ripe and rich fruit to the Estate Chardonnay. Hunting Hill was replanted in 2000 and is now even better than before, giving beautifully ripe fruit with a distinctive mealy minerality.
The 2009 vintage was long and dry and produced lovely clean, ripe Chardonnay with racy acidity. The 2009 Hunting Hill is beautifully fragrant with its lemon/lime blossom characters and lovely fruit purity. This wine shares some of the characters with the neighboring Mate’s Vineyard with its attractive floral notes and restrained elegance. The Hunting Hill vineyard has a particularly pure character that, in its youth, displays a tight and crisp palate which needs some bottle age to reveal the power and concentration that lies beneath the surface.
This wine will improve with bottle age for 4 to 8 years" Winemaker's Note
"Kumeu River and (winemaker) Michael Brajkovich MW have both become synonymous with New Zealand’s finest Chardonnay. For over two decades they have fashioned Burgundy-inspired wines (particularly Meursault) with their Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay winning accolades far and wide." Robert Parker