The Hunting Lodge, Ararimu Home Block Waimauku Chardonnay (2020)

From the old site of Matua Valley, in West Auckland, the impressive 2020 vintage (5*) is rare – only 650 bottles were produced. Hand-picked from vines planted in 2008, it was fermented and lees-aged for nine months in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Pale gold, it is a mouthfilling, well-rounded wine, full of northern warmth. Already highly enjoyable, it has generous, ripe stonefruit flavours, complex and savoury, and a very harmonious, long finish.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $64 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Reviewed November 2021

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