Wine of the Week: 2007 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
2007 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay
Comes a heat wave and we’re all ready to break out the chilled white wine. Here’s one that will do the trick: a lovely, fine-spun Chardonnay from New Zealand’s Kumeu region northwest of Auckland. At this estate where Michael Brajkovich, New Zealand’s first master of wine, is the winemaker, grapes are harvested by hand and fermented on indigenous yeasts. The result is a Kumeu River Chardonnay that bridges the new and old worlds. Tightly focused, the 2007 has notes of citrus and lovely minerality and texture.
Pour it as an apéritif with a little smoked salmon. It also would be a great match with gently sautéed calamari or a delicate fish.
Region: Kumeu, New Zealand
Style: Fine-spun and creamy
What it goes with: Smoked fish, sautéed calamari
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