HUNTER'S CHARDONNAY 2016
HUNTER'S CHARDONNAY 2016
Top value barrel-fermented Chardonnay from Marlborough
- Product Code: 5057
- Country: New Zealand
- Region: Marlborough
- Sub Region: Wairau Valley
- Style: White
- Variety: Chardonnay
- Closure: Screw Cap
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Grape: 100% Chardonnay
"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."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"This good-value wine has traditionally placed its accent on vibrant fruit flavours, overlaid with very subtle wood-aging characters. The 2016 vintage, estate-grown at Rapaura and Omaka, was fermented – with indigenous yeasts – and lees-aged for 10 months in French oak casks (20 per cent new). Already drinking well, it is mouthfilling, with generous, ripe peach and grapefruit flavours, lightly seasoned with toasty oak, gentle acidity, a slightly creamy texture, and good complexity and harmony."
91/100 Bob Campbell MW, March 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"This is one of Marlborough's most consistent and reliable chardonnays. It manages to offer freshness and purity as well as richness and plenty of flavour. A good mix of white peach, melon, nutty leas and subtle oak, with a pleasingly lengthy finish."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"A delectable barrel-fermented chardonnay, it is instantly appealing on the nose showing ripe stone fruit, orange peel, cedar and vanilla characters with subtle creamy notes. The palate is succulent and flavoursome, and delivers excellent fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully supported by stylish oak infusion and refreshing acidity. At its best: now to 2019."
4 Stars & 18.0/20, Raymond Chan, April 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"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. Serve with grilled seafood and poultry over the next 4-5 years. Old vine Mendoza fruit predominantly from Rapaura and Omaka, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barrels with batonnage and 15-20% MLF."