Goedhuis, July 2021
The estate's entry level Chardonnay is captivating, holding so much poise and elegance. Coming from hand harvested grapes grown in both Kumeu and Hawkes Bay, the quality springs from the glass. Beautifully precise citrus tones shine through on the nose and palate, mingling with white peach, greengage, fresh grapefruit, and flint. The palate has a pleasing weight that is refreshed perfectly by a lively seam of acidity, making it incredibly thirst-quenching. Crystalline, vibrant, bright and pure, this is perfect summer drinking and sits with distinction next to many of its Old World competition.
Vinous, July 2021,
The 2020 Chardonnay Kumeu Village is the “entry” to New Zealand's most famous Chardonnay producer's range. It is clean and precise and focuses on pure fruit, offering flavors of nectarine, red grapefruit and white flowers. While some of the wine has been fermented in French oak, there is very little evidence of oak in terms of aroma and flavor, although the zesty style has had its corners rounded by barrel influence. A bright, crisp Chardonnay for enjoying in youth.
Matthew Jukes, July 2021,
Keen, bright, nicely raspy on the finish and perfectly balanced this is Michael Brajkovich’s gauntlet-throwing, entry-level wine which challenges every cheap Chablis and Mâcon to a duel knowing it will win the contest in a moment.
Jancis Robinson, June 2021,
Surprisingly rich nose. Fine, appetising, crisp palate with just a little chewiness still evident at this point. There's a suggestion of sweet grapefruit juice. Really clean, fresh and long. VGV. Drink 2020-2022.
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. Today it is the third and second generations who work the 30 hectares of vines planted on clay and limestone soils. Winemaker Michael Brajkovich, who was also New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, harvests all the grapes by hand and uses traditional Burgundian methods such as barrel fermentation. Kumeu River's Chardonnays have won many accolades the world over. From their entry level Chardonnay to their single vineyard wines, they represent fantastic value for money. The single vineyard wines even been mistaken by top critics for some very smart Meursaults, Chassagnes and Pulignys, yet cost a fraction of the price.