Hunter’s 2017 ‘Kaho Roa’ and Chardonnay, and 2016 Pinot Noir and Merlot

23-Jul-2018

There has been some consolidation at Hunter’s in Marlborough bringing it closer to a family-run business in recent times. I was speaking to Jane Hunter who has headed the company for over 30 years, and she told me that she has taken over some of the marketing role, sharing it with nephew Edward, who also is responsible for logistics and other duties. Jane’s other nephew has stepped up into the chief winemaker role since Gary Duke has retired. There is still some consultancy advice that goes on, but James has demonstrated his capabilities. Tony Jordan remains as a consultant, focussed on the sparkling wines. The company has a very comfortable fit and feel, and I’ve noticed the wines winning awards both domestically and internationally with greater regularity. The company owns 50 ha of estate vineyards across the Wairau Valley, which provides around 45% of the needs. Most of the contact fruit has been obtained over the long-term, so there is real stability in the Hunter’s base. Jane also tells me that the winemaking team have been working on a series of innovative small batch wines. It all seems very exciting. Here, I review the new 2017 Chardonnay and ‘Kaho Roa’ barrel-influenced Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Pinot Noir and Merlot. www.hunters.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Hunter’s ‘Kaho Roa’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Merlot 2016

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