100% Chardonnay. Founded in 1944 by Mick Brajkovich, wife Katé, and son Maté, Kumeu River was one of the early pioneers in Auckland, New Zealand, that helped to establish its reputation as a world-class wine region. 1979 was a watershed year for Kumeu River when the Brajkovichs moved away from hybrid varieties used for the production of fortified and basic red and white wines to the now-common — but then-unusual — varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. Then in 1986, the family began making a Burgundy-influenced style of Chardonnay that featured indigenous yeasts, extended lees aging, and malolactic fermentation. The result has been a series of wines that are innovative, distinctive, and unique in both style and quality for New Zealand. Hunting Hill is a vineyard that was first planted in 1982 and became a significant part of the original Kumeu River Chardonnay blend. Occupying the slope overlooking Mate’s Vineyard, it has always contributed lovely ripe and rich fruit to the Estate Chardonnay. Hunting Hill was replanted in 2000 and is now even better than before. After native fermentation, the 2020 Hunting Hill was aged in French oak barrels, 25% new, for eleven months. It has beautifully ripe fruit with a distinctive mealy minerality. See why Kumeu River has been one of the leading figures in New Zealand’s wine scene.