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90pt Hunter's Pinot Noir 2015

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New Zealand's Marlborough region may be most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc but for those in the know, it is the place to watch for Pinot Noir.

But as everyone knows, good Kiwi Pinot is not cheap - so when we found a Pinot from Marlborough, from a winery with superb pedigree and just £14.95 per bottle, we snapped it up immediately for Vivino customers!

This lovely red is a clear demonstration of why New Zealand makes such good Pinot Noir.

It has all the forest fruit and savoury notes that you find in good Burgundy, mingled with the lovely, sweet, ripe fruit of the New World - a marriage made in heaven!

At such a low price, this must be one of New Zealand's greatest value wines and a perfect summer red.

Grab some whilst it lasts!

About the wine

This rich, medium-bodied wine with complex aromas of ripe plum, forest fruit and savoury undertones is a treat! The palate shows persistent rich cherry and plum flavours with mild spicy oak. With the pure, intense fruit that is the hallmark of Marlborough Pinot, this is top quality and shows just what can be acheived in New Zealand at an excellent price.

Great for summer drinking, it would be interesting to try it slightly chilled!

When Ernie Hunter bought land in Marlborough in the late 1970s, nobody had even considered it as a winegrowing area but he was a believer, an optimist and courageous!

1982 was the first vintage and with it came a clutch of medals at the national show. Less than a handful of years later and the winery was winning big on the international stage.

Since then Hunter's have never slowed down and whilst they may make more wines nowadays, they are still a family affair - and they still pick up vast quantities of medals and awards year after year.

The grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning, then destemmed, gently crushed and pressed to stainless steel tanks. The juice was fermented at low temperatures with natural yeast. The wine was aged for ten months in French oak barrel; 20% of which was new and 80% of which was in one to four year old barrels.

Winemaker: James MacDonald and Jane Hunter
Appellation: Marlborough, New Zealand

- 90pts, James Suckling 
- 90pts & 4.5 Stars, Wine Orbit
- 4 Stars, Raymond Chan
- 3.6/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Various
Cooperage: 10 months in oak barrels

About the winery

Hunter’s was the dream of Ernie and Jane Hunter who established the estate over thirty years ago.

In 1979, when Ernie Hunter arrived in New Zealand, Marlborough had not even been considered as a potential wine growing region; the land being used for barley and sheep grazing. However, the ever-enthusiastic Ernie purchased farming land in Blenheim and planted a host of international grape varieties including pinot noir and sauvignon blanc.

Their first vintage in 1982 saw them scoop six medals at the National Wine Show but it was their wins of the top awards at the Sunday Times Wine Festival in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992 and 2001 that brought both New Zealand sauvignon blanc and the Hunter’s estate to the attention of the international market. 

Sadly, Ernie was tragically killed in a motor accident and so it fell to Jane Hunter to pick up the reins. This she has done with considerable aplomb; a qualified viticulturalist she has gone on to be awarded an OBE, a recipient of the prestigious UK Women in Wine Award, as well as being appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to viticulture. 


90 points - James Suckling
“A pinot that holds plenty of front-and-centre appeal with red cherry-plum fruit aromas and flavours. Acidity does the work in crafting a central focus on the palate.”


90 points & 4.5/5 Stars - Sam Kim
“Beautifully fruited and elegantly expressed, the bouquet shows red plum, spiced cherry, floral, clove and almond characters. The palate is attractively expressed and gently weighted, displaying vibrant fruit flavours with subtle savoury notes, backed by polished tannins. The wine offers immediate appeal with its juicy flavours and subtle savoury nuances”


4.0/5 Stars - Raymond Chan
“Light ruby-red colour with some depth and light purple hues. The nose is finely concentrated with aromas of dark cherry and raspberry fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs, spices and nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is moderately concentrated with sweet flavours of dark cherry and raspberry fruit, unfolding spice elements and nutty oak. The flavours grow in richness to add breadth to the mouthfeel, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure. The wine carries to an elegantly concentrated, lingering finish. This is a moderately concentrated, fine-grained Pinot Noir with dark cherry and raspberry fruit and spicy and nutty oak detail.”


"Best Marlborough PN so far. Structure and balance while not too sweet! Great QPR."  4/5 Stars

"Ripe red fruit with lasting tannins!! Fantastic Pinot Noir!!"  4/5 Stars





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Kiwi Pinot Noir for just £14.95! "Beautifully fruited and elegantly expressed"
Sublime Marlborough Pinot Noir - one of New Zealand's great values!
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