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Region Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Size Format Price Note Rating
New Zealand 2011 Kumeu River Chardonnay 'Hunting Hill' 2 Case 6 75cl £150
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    27th Nov 2019

    Source

    End of November 2019, The Wine Advocate

    A surprisingly plump, easygoing version, the 2011 Hunting Hill Chardonnay is wonderfully drinkable now, marrying nectarine and white peach notes with lime and lemon.

    Last May, Kumeu River's U.S. distributor, Wilson Daniels, hosted a vertical tasting of the winery's four different Chardonnays that extended from 2017 back to 2006 (48 wines in total). It was a remarkable event, with the wines notable for their consistency and ageability. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich, MW, was an early adopter of screwcaps, so all of these wines were under that closure, which no doubt contributed to the freshness and lack of variation you might expect in a tasting like this. Rather than repeat reviews of recent vintages, I've focused on the wines from 2013 and earlier, plus supplemented my notes on the vertical tasting with a first look at the 2018 vintage bottlings. As vintages go, it doesn't appear to be especially strong, yet the wines are still excellent. Quantities are down, as is the use of new oak—to better marry with the lighter style of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
94
New Zealand 2013 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2 Case 6 75cl £120
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    27th Nov 2019

    Source

    End of November 2019, The Wine Advocate

    Struck flint and crushed stone, hints of pencil shavings and lime appear on the nose of the 2013 Coddington Chardonnay. Racy and lean on the palate, it shows less of the warm, "Coddington" character than most vintages.

    Last May, Kumeu River's U.S. distributor, Wilson Daniels, hosted a vertical tasting of the winery's four different Chardonnays that extended from 2017 back to 2006 (48 wines in total). It was a remarkable event, with the wines notable for their consistency and ageability. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich, MW, was an early adopter of screwcaps, so all of these wines were under that closure, which no doubt contributed to the freshness and lack of variation you might expect in a tasting like this. Rather than repeat reviews of recent vintages, I've focused on the wines from 2013 and earlier, plus supplemented my notes on the vertical tasting with a first look at the 2018 vintage bottlings. As vintages go, it doesn't appear to be especially strong, yet the wines are still excellent. Quantities are down, as is the use of new oak—to better marry with the lighter style of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
92
New Zealand 2013 Kumeu River Chardonnay 'Mate's Vineyard' 2 Case 6 75cl £210
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    27th Nov 2019

    Source

    End of November 2019, The Wine Advocate

    Still hanging on to some of its youthful floral, lime-blossom aromas, the 2013 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay is another fine effort. It's medium to full-bodied, with hints of white peach and nectarine that buffer its considerable acid drive and focused length. It should go another decade or more.

    Last May, Kumeu River's U.S. distributor, Wilson Daniels, hosted a vertical tasting of the winery's four different Chardonnays that extended from 2017 back to 2006 (48 wines in total). It was a remarkable event, with the wines notable for their consistency and ageability. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich, MW, was an early adopter of screwcaps, so all of these wines were under that closure, which no doubt contributed to the freshness and lack of variation you might expect in a tasting like this. Rather than repeat reviews of recent vintages, I've focused on the wines from 2013 and earlier, plus supplemented my notes on the vertical tasting with a first look at the 2018 vintage bottlings. As vintages go, it doesn't appear to be especially strong, yet the wines are still excellent. Quantities are down, as is the use of new oak—to better marry with the lighter style of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
96
New Zealand 2013 Kumeu River Chardonnay 'Hunting Hill' 1 Case 6 75cl £270
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    27th Nov 2019

    Source

    End of November 2019, The Wine Advocate

    Dense and rich for a Hunting Hill, the 2013 Hunting Hill Chardonnay shows remarkable concentration, allied to considerable elegance and finesse. Peach and melon notes flesh out the medium to full-bodied palate, while vibrant citrus provides drive and length.

    Last May, Kumeu River's U.S. distributor, Wilson Daniels, hosted a vertical tasting of the winery's four different Chardonnays that extended from 2017 back to 2006 (48 wines in total). It was a remarkable event, with the wines notable for their consistency and ageability. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich, MW, was an early adopter of screwcaps, so all of these wines were under that closure, which no doubt contributed to the freshness and lack of variation you might expect in a tasting like this. Rather than repeat reviews of recent vintages, I've focused on the wines from 2013 and earlier, plus supplemented my notes on the vertical tasting with a first look at the 2018 vintage bottlings. As vintages go, it doesn't appear to be especially strong, yet the wines are still excellent. Quantities are down, as is the use of new oak—to better marry with the lighter style of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
96
New Zealand 2013 Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 1 Case 6 150cl £290
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2017 - 2030

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    27th Nov 2019

    Source

    End of November 2019, The Wine Advocate

    Struck flint and crushed stone, hints of pencil shavings and lime appear on the nose of the 2013 Coddington Chardonnay. Racy and lean on the palate, it shows less of the warm, "Coddington" character than most vintages.

    Last May, Kumeu River's U.S. distributor, Wilson Daniels, hosted a vertical tasting of the winery's four different Chardonnays that extended from 2017 back to 2006 (48 wines in total). It was a remarkable event, with the wines notable for their consistency and ageability. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich, MW, was an early adopter of screwcaps, so all of these wines were under that closure, which no doubt contributed to the freshness and lack of variation you might expect in a tasting like this. Rather than repeat reviews of recent vintages, I've focused on the wines from 2013 and earlier, plus supplemented my notes on the vertical tasting with a first look at the 2018 vintage bottlings. As vintages go, it doesn't appear to be especially strong, yet the wines are still excellent. Quantities are down, as is the use of new oak—to better marry with the lighter style of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
92
New Zealand 2014 Kumeu River Chardonnay 'Hunting Hill' 1 Case 6 75cl £220
  • Rating

    94

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2016 - 2026

    Reviewed by

     Lisa Perrotti-Brown

    Issue Date

    31st Dec 2015

    Source

    222, The Wine Advocate

    The 2014 Hunting Hill Chardonnay has a white peach, spiced apple and honeyed pear nose with hints of ginger, brioche and almonds. Medium-bodied, the silken textured palate gives layer upon layer of stone fruit and savoury flavors plus excellent persistence.

Tasting Notes
94
New Zealand 2015 Pyramid Valley Chardonnay 'Lions Tooth' 1 Case 6 75cl £300
New Zealand 2016 Pyramid Valley Chardonnay 'Field of Fire' 1 Case 6 75cl £260
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2020

    Source

    Issue 247 End of February 2020, The Wine Advocate

    Notes of honey, toasted grain and pink grapefruit emerge on the nose of the 2016 Field Of Fire Chardonnay. It's medium to full-bodied and plump in the mouth but with vibrant citrus notes (lime, grapefruit) that grow in intensity on the lingering finish.

Tasting Notes
92
New Zealand 2016 Pyramid Valley Chardonnay 'Lions Tooth' 1 Case 6 75cl £300
  • Rating

    92

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2025

    Reviewed by

     Joe Czerwinski

    Issue Date

    28th Feb 2020

    Source

    Issue 247 End of February 2020, The Wine Advocate

    The 2016 Lion's Tooth Chardonnay comes across as warmer and peachier-ripe than the Field of Fire bottling, with notes of peach and pineapple balanced by hints of crushed stone and pencilly oak. It's medium to full-bodied yet fresh and focused on the finish, where it picks up hints of aniseed.

Tasting Notes
92
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