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The Hunting Lodge 2018 Marlborough Pinot Gris and ‘Home Block’ Sauvignon Blanc

23 January,2019

Along with the refurbishments to the Waimauku Hunting Lodge cellar door, café, restaurant, gardens and other facilities, new owners Brent and Denise Sutton have installed the very experienced Pete Turner to make a broad and sophisticated range of wines to sell at the cellar door and through the café and restaurant. The ‘Home Block’ wines are from 3 ha of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and are very limited in quantity, and are supported by wines from fruit from other regions. I’ve been impressed with the wines made to date. Here, I review the new 2018 Marlborough Pinot Gris and second release of the ‘Home Block’ Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc. www.thehuntinglodge.com


The Hunting Lodge Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Full, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with a fine, taut core of white stonefruits, subtle notes of nuts with hints of minerals. This has a delicate white floral lift adding to the interest. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of white stonefruits along with hints of nuts and minerals, unfolding subtle floral elements. The palate has good vinous presence and a rounded mouthfeel with a positive core, and fine textures, along with balanced and integrated acidity. Though light in expression, the fruit weight carries to a long finish. This dry Pinot Gris is restrained in fruit expression showing subtle stonefruit, nuts and minerals, on a palate with weight and very good mouthfeel. Serve with poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 3 years. Fruit from a coastal site in the Wairau Valley, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 9.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees. 17.0/20 Jan 2019 RRP $24.00

The Hunting Lodge ‘Home Block’ Waimauku Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland


Bright, light, lemon-gold hued yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a fine and firm, tightly-bound nose with aromas of white and green stonefruits, nuts and complexing flinty mineral sulphide notes, unfolding subtle barrel-ferment creaminess. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has flavours of green stonefruits, showing nectarines and greengages, along with white stonefruits, nuts and complexing flinty elements. Some barrel-ferment creaminess shows. The palate has a fresh and firm core and line and flows with very fine textures with fresh, lacy acidity leading to a nuanced finish of stonefruits, flint and minerals. This is a fresh and firm oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of green and white stonefruits, nuts and complexing flinty and minerally elements. Match with herb-marinated white meat dishes over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Margan’, ‘Spence’ and ‘Watson’ blocks of the ‘Home Block’, Waimauku, indigenous yeast, oak-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 2.9 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees in 25% new French oak barriques. 18.0-/20 Jan 2019 RRP $33.00

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