Hunter’s Jane Hunter Chardonnay Marlborough 2013
Jane Hunter, founder of Hunter’s Wines, has been described by the London Sunday Times as the First Lady of New Zealand wine and was awarded an OBE for service to the wine industry in 1993. Jane has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Massey University, she received the inaugural Wine & Spirit Competition Women in Wine Award and in 2009 was awarded the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). Bob Campbell even credits her with starting the international story that is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
L and I have previously visited the vineyard and cellar door during one of our Graperide weekends. A lovely place with an attractive garden.
The wine: light gold colour. 13% alc.
Soft with a big golden stonefruit nose. Oaky, mealy. Lots of nutty characters – almonds and cashews, and a good dash of vanilla thrown in.
The nose does not carry through on palate. I saw a racy bright texture in the mouth, a strong line of citrus acidity and grapefruit flavour running through the wine, culminating in a mouth-watering finish. The style is lean and minerally. Yet there is prominent oak on the palate. Perhaps a bit too lean and over oaky for my preference? You can’t have it both ways. Long finish.