Jane Hunter remains one of the best-known personalities in the New Zealand wine industry, having produced some of Marlborough’s best wines for two decades. The wines, show a harmony, a charm and a gentler character when compared with some of Marlborough’s brasher efforts. Sauvignon Blanc in two versions has always been the focus of production. If the regular unoaked version doesn’t show quite the structure or intensity of some of the newer top examples, there is a very fine ripe fruit depth, good concentration and the wine is consistently long and stylish. The Kaho Roa version has always shown a rare deft touch when integrating a gentle oak structure and creaminess with a, ripe tropical fruit intensity. The perfumed raspberry and cherry Pinot Noir is also a good expression of its fruit if missing the intensity or concentration of others. The sparkling wine is also most attractive: well structured, not hugely complex but with a, fresh and ripe fruit intensity to it. A little Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is also made along with an unusual Breidecker (a Muller-Thurgau and Chancellor or Seibel crossing).
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