Hunter’s 2016 White and 2014 Pinot Noir Releases

Established in 1979 by Ernie Hunter, Hunter’s Wines consolidated its presence when Ernie married Jane, a South Australian viticulturist who came to Marlborough to work for Montana. Hunter’s and Marlborough came to the attention of the world by winning the top award for the Sunday Times Wine Festival in London in 1986, then again in 1987 and 1988 (with further wins later). Following Ernie’s untimely passing in 1987, Jane took over the company, building it to what it is today. She has surrounded herself with capable staff, including family members, making Hunter’s a very tight business. Jane’s brother-in-law Peter Macdonald is the general manager, and his son James has taken on the winemaking role following the retirement of the long-serving Gary Duke. James joins Inus van der Westhuizen responsible for the production of the 100,000 case annual output. Hunter’s owns about half of the plantings that supply the fruit, with the remainder coming from contracted vineyards. James and consultant Mark Allen are responsible for the viticulture. 80% of the production is exported, but the Hunter’s brand has a very loyal domestic following. The wines are classical Wairau Valley expressions. Here, I review a selection of new 2016 vintage white wines, and the 2014 Pinot Noir.


  • Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2016
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Unoaked Chardonnay 2016
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Hunter’s ‘Kaho Roa’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

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