We are pleased to offer a back vintage of wines to those who prefer to let us to their cellaring for them. Please note stocks are very low of the 2016 Chardonnay and we will do our best to fill any orders.
The 2016 Chardonnay shows a bright, floral nose of nectarine, citrus and hazelnut. The front palate is tightly structured, displaying crisp peach characters and tight, linear acid. The wine is superbly balanced with fresh fruit characters, excellent oak integration all supported with Hunter’s characteristic balanced acidity.
This wines drinks very well on release but will develop and evolve over the next 5-7 years.
100% barrel fermentation | 20% new, 80% 2-4 year old French oak barrels | 15-20% malolactic fermentation |
10 months’ barrel ageing
Harvest Date April 2016
Total Acidity 5.50g/l
Residual Sugar 1.62g/l
Bottling Date Feb. 2017
GOLD - International Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
SILVER – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2018
SILVER - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
BRONZE – 18th International Cool Climate Wine Awards, MAY 2018
4 STARS & 18/20 POINTS - Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Apr 2017
“Bright, even, yellow colour with light golden hues, paler edged. The nose is well-concentrated and elegantly proportioned with fine, fragrant aromas of citrus and yellow stonefruits melded harmoniously with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty, toast oak complexities. This has freshness and vitality and mouthwatering, steely and mineral nuances underlining the fruit and oak. Medium-bodied, the palate has a concentrated heart of white and yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit layered with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak flavours. Some minerally lees add detail and interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and flows along a fine, taut line with lacy acidity enlivening the palate, providing energy and tension. The wine carries to an elegant finish of nuts and toast. This is a crisp, refreshing Chardonnay with stonefruit and citrussy fruit interwoven with nutty and toasty oak.”
4 STARS – WineNZ Magazine, Winter 2017
“Simon: Full colour, quite aromatic, vanilla, floral, ripe, quite solid mid-palate. Well balanced though soft but with a good finish. Dave: Straw, ripe fruit fills the front palate. Chunky oak gives it a full-throttle style. Lauren: Restrained but with nice intensity and balance on the palate. Good texture and weight.”