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Newsweek: Fall Equinox Means Red Wine Season: 9 Bottles to Celebrate the Official End of Summer – Featuring Kumeu River

Newsweek: Fall Equinox Means Red Wine Season: 9 Bottles to Celebrate the Official End of Summer – Featuring Kumeu River

Read the original article by Janice Williams at newsweek.com "Fall equinox may be the official end of summer, but the seasonal entry marks yet an even more special time—the start of red wine season. If you enjoy all varieties of wine as much as I do, then you've likely had a sip of Pinot Noir and Cabernet on even the hottest of days during the summer. Nothing, however, brings out the beauty of the colorful changing of leaves or the crispy cool weather conditions quite like red wine. Not to mention the many at-home chefs who will finally break out...
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Janice Williams, September 23, 2019
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Vinous: To Paint a Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017 (Neal Martin)

Vinous: To Paint a Picture: Kumeu River Chardonnay 2006-2017 (Neal Martin)

"You are left scratching your head as to why Kumeu River is not uttered in the same breath as Leflaive, Ramonet or Marcassin"   On the heels of last years UK vertical tasting covering each of the Kumeu River Chardonnay's from 2006 through 2017, Vinous's Neal Martin has published an extraordinary piece focused on the history of the property and a detailed look at each of the wines. This is an amazing article. We'll leave you with a few key quotes but we highly recommend you head over to Vinous and read it in its entirety. "Amongst the very best...
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Neal Martin, February 14th, 2019
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James Suckling: Top of the World: The Consistently Stunning Kumeu River Chardonnays

James Suckling: Top of the World: The Consistently Stunning Kumeu River Chardonnays

The eye-opening results of last months vertical tasting of all vintages of the Kumeu River Chardonnays dating back to 2006 continues this week with a report from James Suckling where he calls the event "a remarkable demonstration of the consistent high quality and striking cool-climate style of this producer. That Kumeu River produces some of the world’s best chardonnays won’t come as a surprise to their loyal followers around the world..." Suckling rates a total of 48 wines from this event, all of which rate above 90 points, many above 95 points and some even reaching 97 and 98 points....
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Wilson Daniels, October 24, 2018
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Jancis Robinson: Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical bonanza

Jancis Robinson: Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical bonanza

"...the blue-chip US importer Wilson Daniels picked up Kumeu River as long ago as 1988."   In an October 10th post Jancis Robinson reports on the impressive results of  her recent vertical tasting of Kumeu River Chardonnay's ranging from 2006 through 2017. Below are a few key excerpts and you can view the aritcle in it's entirety via this link. "Do we need white burgundy? This thought went through my head at the end of an amazing, and impressively consistent, tasting of 48 Chardonnays from Kumeu River in New Zealand last month. Do we need white burgundy? This thought went through...
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Jancis Robinson, October 10, 2018
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Vinolent: Kumeu River Chardonnay

Vinolent: Kumeu River Chardonnay

"Ordinarily, your chances of seeing me at a tasting of 48 white wines from the same producer would be somewhere between none and next to none. But this was a bit different. I have followed Kumeu for more than a decade, ever since I read somewhere about a bloke called Stephen Browett slipping this New Zealand Chardonnay into blind tastings of serious white Burgundy and the wine always holding its own and, moreover, frequently giving Batards, Chevaliers and Corton-Charlemagnes the tasting equivalent of a good kicking. So, whilst the thought of four flights of twelve wines (2006-2017 inclusive of the...
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September 24, 2018
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The Great Blind Chardonnay Challenge 2018 – New World Chardonnay Giving Burgundy a Run For Its Money…

The Great Blind Chardonnay Challenge 2018 – New World Chardonnay Giving Burgundy a Run For Its Money…

"Chardonnay is often called the chameleon of grape varieties, adapting itself to its environment and terroir with impressive ease. Yet for almost all Chardonnay producers around the globe white Burgundy Chardonnay remains the zenith of quality and expression for this variety and understandably so when the region boasts iconic appellations like Chevalier Montrachet and Le Montrachet Grand Cru."
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Greg Sherwood, June 18, 2018
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Reviewers’ Ultimate Wine Cellar Collection

Reviewers’ Ultimate Wine Cellar Collection

"Now and again every collector—or wine lover, in general—daydreams about stocking his or her wine collection up with the very best of the best. (And we can't blame you!) But with the countless selection of fine wines out there, what would you choose for your treasure trove? "We asked some of our reviewers how they would curate such a fantasy—after all, if you're going to tackle such a feat, you may as well take a tip from the expert. Here’s what they had to say: "And from New Zealand: Kumeu River Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay, Kumeu. Even in a country that's relatively...
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Abbe Baker, September 1, 2017
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New Zealand’s Master of Chardonnay

New Zealand’s Master of Chardonnay

"Michael Brajkovich may well be New Zealand’s first Master of Wine, but he is first and foremost the Master of Chardonnay. "Few winemakers are as duplicitously obsessed with the science and the enjoyment of great chardonnay as Brajkovich. His ability to make this pungently expressive, captivating and delicious white juice at Kumeu River Wines is a thing of wonder. The fact that he does it year on year is akin to a vinous miracle. "Of course he has both his mother (and commander) Melba and his late-father Mate to thank. It was their vision to plant chardonnay in Kumeu and...
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Nick Stock, August 15, 2017
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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

"Back then, it went through some dark moments. In California, the trend was to drench the grape's ripe fruit in butter and spice notes by fermenting it in new oak barrels; in Burgundy, home of the most complex and long-lived wines made from chardonnay, growers were having their own issues with wines that began to oxidize after only a few years in collectors' cellars. "As Jon Bonné wrote in W&S's April 2017 issue, the crisis with chardonnay in Burgundy forced growers to reconsider every aspect of their work so that today, on the whole, the wines are better than ever....
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Joshua Greene, August 1, 2017
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The 15 Best Chardonnays Under $50

The 15 Best Chardonnays Under $50

"If you’ve been avoiding chardonnay on the grounds that too many examples are garish and overblown, stop. It’s the most popular white in America—and better than ever. "What to know about the grape? "First, it’s native to Burgundy, where winemakers embrace a spectrum of styles, from steely, edgy, and chalky to creamy, rich, and golden. Chablis in Burgundy’s far north and Mâcon in the south are sources of delicious, reasonably priced bottles, and the two vintages now in shops are excellent. The 2014s are classic, pure, mineral, and savory; the just-arriving 2015s, from a warmer year, are exotic and rich....
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Elin McCoy, March 22, 2017
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