Winter Wine Press

Awards and Accolades 

Hunter’s 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

Gold and Trophy for best wine in the competition from New Zealand – Frankfurt International Trophy, April 2021

Gold Medal - China Wine and Spirits Awards, March 2021

Silver - Royal Easter Wine Show, February 2021

92 Points – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, February 2021

Bright, pale lemon-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is vibrant and full; the glass is packed with nuances of passionfruit, gooseberries, fresh-cut grass, along with pineapple and sage scent. Light-bodied, bright and fresh aromas of citrus, passionfruit, pineapple rushing in, intermix white pepper and sage herbs. The finish is refined and lingering. Acid tension flow with good energy lends a mouth-watering, refreshing closing. Match with pan-fried whitefish and shellfish over the next 2 years. Fruit from Wairau Valley vineyards, harvested over three weeks, fermented in stainless steel to 13% alc, a small portion was fermented in large French oak barrels, a brief age on fine lees. 18.5-/20 (92 pts) Feb 2021 RRP $19.90


Hunter’s 2020 Home Block Sauvignon Blanc

95 Points – Sam Kim, Real Review, April 2021

This is fabulously expressed on the nose showing passionfruit, feijoa, apricot and kaffir lime notes, followed by a concentrated palate delivering outstanding weight and fruit purity combined with refined texture and zesty acidity. Super long and delicious. At its best: now to 2027. $30.00. April 2021.


94 Points – Cameron Douglas MS, April 2021

Classic, sophisticated, precise, pure and enticing bouquet with aromas of fresh meyer lemon and white flowers, basil and sweet sage, pineapple and white peach with a crumbled stone-mineral core. On the palate - a satin texture transitions quickly to a core of fresh citrus and tropical fruit flavours that reflect the nose, a very fine lees quality and quiet spice layer, contrasting acidity and a fine line of fresh herb complexities. A delicious wine, balanced, refreshing and well made with a lengthy finish. Lot’s to like. Best drinking upon purchase and through 2024+.


Offshoot 2018 Chardonnay

5 Stars - Yvonne Lorkin, March 2021

I thought the previous vintage of this wine was pretty hard to beat, but I tell you now, this 2018 is an absolute knee-quaker, brain-shaker and rib-rattler of a wine. For a wine that proudly declares it’s ‘off-shootness’ it’s made with precision and extraordinary care. Cloudy juice was fermented in large, 900lt oak vessels before being matured for a further 12 months in oak barrels and then given another 6 months to knit together in a stainless steel tank before bottling. That’s resulted in roasted nectarine and ripe peach notes colliding with grapefruit and lemon layers and a lusciously long, ever-so-slightly creamy finish.


Hunter’s 2020 Riesling

4 Stars – Michael Cooper, Wine Buyers Guide 2021

This wine is consistently good and bargain-priced. Grown at Rapaura, the 2019 vintage (4*) is a scented, medium-bodied wine with strong, fresh lemon/lime flavours, dryish, poised and lingering. Still very youthful, the pale lemon/green 2020 vintage (4*) is scented and dryish (6 grams/litre of residual sugar), with vibrant, citrusy, appley flavours that linger well. Best drinking 2022+.


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