- Kumeu River
- 2020 - 2024
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Goedhuis, February 2021
A blend of six different vineyards, the estate Chardonnay is a terrific introduction to this domaine. The 2019 shows delicious stone fruits and lime on the nose. Smokey, juicy and mineral, with pleasing weight and a beautiful line of acidity that gives freshness and tension.
Vinous, February 2021,
The estate Chardonnay is a blend of six different vineyards with approximately 20% fermented in new oak barrels. Texturally, this cuvée offers a sense of flow; it is relaxed in its own skin but provides welcome tension on the precise finish thanks to a line of firm acidity that will leave you smacking your lips. The 20% new oak is well integrated, contributing delicate nougat flavors, and allowing the subtle nectarine and honeydew melon flavors to shine on the medium-length finish.
Jancis Robinson, February 2021,
Pale greenish straw. Some super-delicate oak on the nose (or do I just mean a hint of savoury Côte d'Or perfume?!). So pure on the nose yet with great grip on the palate and already accessible in a grapefruit sort of way. With this intensity of fruit, it will clearly evolve into something even more convincing but you could certainly enjoy it now. It has both weight and a crystalline quality.
Producer Note, February 2021
- A very serious wine, which beats most Bourgogne Blancs in a blind tasting. “The Kumeu vineyards that contribute to our Estate Chardonnay gave us some magnificent fruit. The level of citrus fruit complexity, and the layering of aromas and flavours that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree.
Kumeu River is one the longest established and most recognised producers in New Zealand. Founded in 1944 by Mick Brajkovich, a Croatian immigrant, it was one of the early pioneers in Auckland that helped establish the country as an excellent wine producing area, particularly with its flagship variety, Sauvignon Blanc. Today, it boasts 30 hectares of vines based on predominantly clay soils overlying a sandstone base. Despite Sauvignon Blanc being the most famous variety from the country, Kumeu River's Chardonnays are the highlight of their portfolio and have won many accolades theworld over.