The 2017 Chardonnay shows a bright, flinty 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 wine drinks very well on release but will develop and evolve over the next 5-7 years.
100% barrel fermentation
15% new, 80% 2-6 year old French oak barrels
15-20% malolactic fermentation
10 months’ barrel ageing
April 2017 Alcohol
13% Total Acidity
6.4g/l Residual Sugar
1.64g/l Bottling Date
BRONZE – New Zealand International Wine Show 2018
94 POINTS / 5 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2018
91 POINTS – Michael Cooper, The Listener, June 2018
“Full of youthful vigour, this barrel-fermented wine has a fragrant, flinty bouquet. Fresh and full bodied (13% alc/vol), it has grapefruit and peach flavours with biscuity, smoky notes adding complexity, and a dry, crisp finish.”