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91pt Hunter's Kaho Roa Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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New Zealand's Marlborough region is well-known for making some of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc - and Hunter's is one of the region's oldest and greatest wineries!

They have a long and celebrated history of making delicious, critically-acclaimed sauvignon blanc which has won pretty much every award going.

Kaho Rao is their flagship sauvignon blanc -  a barrel fermented beauty that is one of New Zealand's greatest.

Aged on its lees to give it a wonderful creamy softness, its complexity, elegance and vibrant, pure fruit makes it New Zealand's answer to Pouilly Fumé.

However, at just £14.15 per bottle, it's an awful lot cheaper!

A stunner of a deal, especially with a 21% discount, it's a wine that should not be missed by any wine lover...

About the wine

Wow! This is hugely aromatic Kiwi sauvignon and as soon as the bottle is opened it fills the room with lively aromas of green peppers, a little spice, pear skin and lime followed by smoky, struck-match scents that come from the wine’s time in oak. Dry on the palate, more smoky mineral notes join with lively, pure citrus, gooseberry and greengage fruit, some herbal notes and a touch of passionfruit. The broad, creamy texture is balanced by an acidity that is classic Marlborough sauvignon and the wine has a brilliant, long, lively finish that leaves you wanting more! A wine to make Pouilly Fumé quake in its boots...

Kaho Roa is sourced from the best grapes grown in Hunter's Omaka vineyard. Spontaneous fermentation takes place using just wild yeasts in old French oak puncheons. Afterwards, the wine is aged in more used French oak and allowed to rest on its lees for 6 months before bottling. This gives Kaho Rao its distinct richness and deep complexity.

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

- 18/20pts, Raymond Chan
- 91pts, Bob Campbell MW
- 3.8/5 Stars, Vivino Rating 

Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cooperage: Aged 6 months on lees in oak
Vineyard: Omaka vineyard
ABV: 13%
Drink: 2018-2022

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. 


18/20 points - Raymond Chan
"Bright, even pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and full with an elegantly concentrated core of vibrant green stonefruits, showing greengages, gooseberries and nectarines with subtle notes of fresh herbs and a little nutty oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a rich and well-concentrated heart of green stonefruits, featuring greengages, nectarines and gooseberries, detailed by fresh herbs and a little earth and nuttiness. The fruit is succulent and lively, and the vitality is enhanced by brisk acidity. The palate flows along a fine-textured phenolic line, leading to a long finish of stonefruits and herbs. This is a concentrated oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit and herb flavours on a brisk palate flowing along a fine-textured line."


91 points - Bob Campbell MW
"Made from a selection of the ripest sauvignon blanc grapes, which are then barrel fermented and aged for six months in aged French oak barrels. A rich and textural wine with nutty oak, root ginger, toast, brioche, citrus and capsicum flavours, with a suggestion of tropical fruit."


"Golden yellow. On the nose the Sauvignon gene kicked in: intense, with a remarkable passion, but also touches of spice and even a touch of yoghurt. In the mouth a different New Zealand wine. Medium + acidity, balanced alcohol and unusual touch: good body with a low key unctuousness bringing a lemon aftertaste. Nothing typical here. A very different and very nice New Zealand wine."  4/5 Stars (2016 vintage)

"Minerals, oil, star fruit. A light body but a great acidity. Again minerals and oil in the mouth and a long, refreshing finish"  4/5 Stars (2016 vintage)


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Flagship Sauvignon Blanc from one of Marlborough's oldest and greatest wineries
Move over Pouilly Fumé! Incredible flagship Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc
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