Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay


This wine ranks fifth in the company’s hierarchy of six Chardonnays, after four single-vineyard labels, but is still outstanding. Grown at Kumeu, in West Auckland, it is powerful, with rich, beautifully interwoven flavours and a seductively creamy texture, but also has good acid spine. The key to its quality lies in the vineyards, says winemaker Michael Brajkovich: ‘We manage to get the grapes very ripe.’ Grown in several blocks around Kumeu, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged (with weekly or twice-weekly lees-stirring) in Burgundy oak barriques (typically 25 per cent new), the wine normally undergoes a full, softening malolactic fermentation. The 2019 vintage (5*) has a real sense of youthful drive and potential. Bright, light lemon/green, it’s an elegant, full-bodied wine with strong, ripe, citrusy, peachy flavours, finely integrated oak, mealy and savoury notes adding complexity, and a dry, long finish. Best drinking 2022+.


Price: $32.00 NZD
Value for Money: V+
Rating: 5 Stars
Sweetness: DRY
Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay

This is a Super Classic

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