From the pioneering days to the establishment of the New Zealand wine industry to today, the Brajkovich family have been internationally recognised as producing world class wine. Kumeu River Wines encompasses 30 hectares of vineyards, which are predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. Despite being situated well north of New Zealand’s other viticultural regions, Kumeu’s climate is kept cool thanks to its close proximity to the Tasman Sea, just 20km to the west and the Pacific Ocean 30km to the east.
The 2017 Hunting Hill Pinot Noir is all Clone 777, matured in only used oak. It offers restrained notes of sous-bois and beetroot, which add welcome depth and complexity to the black cherry fruit. Medium-bodied and silky, this is ripe, dark-fruited and long on the finish. No Hunting Hill Pinot Noir was made in either 2016 or 2018. [91 points, Joe Czerwinski – February 2019, robertparker.com]