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The Hunting Lodge 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Albarino, and 2018 White Mischief

13 December,2018

When Brent and Denise Sutton purchased the famous ‘Hunting Lodge’ in Waimauku, north-west Auckland, in 2016, they refurbished the cellar door, café, restaurant, gardens and other facilities. Included in the revitalisation was the making of wine from the ‘Home’ block, and they have engaged the highly respected and experienced Pete Turner to do so, supplementing the estate fruit with that of neighbours and from other regions. The wines to date have been of high quality and interest. Here, I review the 2018 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Albarino, plus the ‘White Mischief’ that follows on from the 2017, it being an undisclosed blend of varieties from undisclosed sources. www.thehuntinglodge.com


The Hunting Lodge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with light green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full and voluminous with good concentration and well-packed aromas of pungent passionfruit and tropical fruits, along with fresh herbs and notes of nettles, cut-grass and capsicums. The aromatics are fulsome with very good intensity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and lusciously sweet flavours of ripe, pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit with fresh herbs, nettles, snow peas and cut-grass, unfolding nuances of white florals. The fruit richness is balanced by some phenolic textures and grip, with fresh, background acidity lending crispness and zestiness.. This has depth, slight grip and linearity, and carries to a long, luscious finish. This is a rich and luscious passionfruity and tropical-fruited Sauvignon Blanc with some balancing textures and fresh acidity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit, 70% from the Awatere and 30% Wairau, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.2 g/L RS, the wine spending 4 months on light lees. 18.5/20 Dec 2018 RRP $22.00

The Hunting Lodge Marlborough Albarino 2018

Other White from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with pale lemon-gold hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly taut and fine in expression with aromas of white stonefruits and an amalgam of white florals with mouthwatering minerals. This has a fine core and unfolds floral and herb detail with hints of nuts. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in presentation with a finely concentrated core of restrained flavours of white stonefruits and white florals, along with subtle notes of herbs and minerals. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with bright acidity, and the flavours form a fine-textured core and line that carries to a dry, light, lingering finish. This is an elegant and taut dry Albarino with white stonefruit flavours, herbs and mineral nuances on a fine-textured palate with refreshing acidity. Match with seafood and Asian cuisine over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit from a single Awatere site, fermented in tank with 10% in seasoned French oak barriques to 13.0% alc. and 5.3 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months on lees. 18.0/20 Dec 2018 RRP $26.00

The Hunting Lodge ‘White Mischief’ New Zealand 2018

Blended White from New Zealand - Other


Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, pale on the rim. The nose is softly full, with gentle aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, a little nutty nuance with herbal suggestions and stonefruit kernels. This has firmness at the core and good intensity with an array of stonefruit detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich and softly packed flavours of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle honied notes and hints of florals, spice and minerals. The mouthfeel is rouded and gentle acidity lends some vibrancy to the textures and delicate unctuousness. The flavours show a little floral lift and carry to a moderately long finish. This is a moderately rich and rounded, dry blended white with stonefruit flavours and an array of flavours with florals, honey and minerals on a palate with good weight, light textures and some unctuousness. Match with poultry, pork and most white meat dishes over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 5 varieties from 4 growing regions, fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts in stainless-steel and seasoned French oak to 13.0% alc. and 5 g/L RS, the wine aged 4 months in lees in tank and seasoned barriques. 17.5/20 Dec 2018 RRP $30.00

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