Hunter’s 2017 Whites and Rosé, and 2015 Pinot Noir Releases

Hunter’s is one of the best-known brands of Marlborough, being established by Ernie Hunter in 1979. Following Ernie’s untimely passing n 1987, his wife Jane took over the business and continued growing it to what it is today. Hunter’s is very much a family business, with Jane’s brother-in-law Peter Macdonald, married to Jane’s sister Libby, as the general manager. Peter’s son James is in the winemaker’s role with Inus van der Westhuizen and they are 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. Peter’s other son Edward works in administration. 80% of the production is exported, but the Hunter’s brand has a very loyal domestic following. The wines are classical Wairau Valley expressions, and are popular as such. Here, I review the new 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir Rosé which sport modernised labels, and the 2015 Pinot Noir. 2017 marks the 35th vintage for Hunter’s. For a challenging growing season, the wines are very creditable bottlings. www.hunters.co.nz


  • Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
  • Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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