Kumeu River

Kumeu, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2010

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • For the 2010 Estate Chardonnay, Kumeu River carefully selected only the very best grapes from six sites with vines ranging in age from 13 to 18 years. The vineyards have a primarily northern exposure with clay soil. The clonal mix includes 15, 121, 124, 131, 95, 8021 and 15.

    • Location: Kumeu is a sub-region of the Auckland wine district. Despite being situated well north of New Zealand’s other viticultural regions, Kumeu’s climate is kept cool due to its close proximity to the Tasman Sea, just 20 kilometers (nearly 12.5 miles) to the west, and the Pacific Ocean 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) to the east. These two large bodies of water generate clouds, keeping peak summer temperatures below 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Vintage Report

    • A spring frost caused a significant loss of fruit, followed by an equally difficult flowering period leading to fewer berries per bunch. As a result, yields were only about 50 percent of normal. Very low rainfall throughout the growing season and lovely, warm ripening conditions towards the end led to a small but beautiful crop of Chardonnay.

  • Vinification

    • Whole-bunch pressed

    • Fermentation: Indigenous yeast
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Barrel Fermentation: 100%
    • Barrel Aging: 11 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 1,600 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The quantity of Estate Chardonnay for 2010 is dramatically lower than previous vintages. Kumeu River usually expects to make 5,000 cases of this wine, but in 2010 there were only 1,600 cases produced.

      The wine has remarkable depth and intensity. The nose is immediately luscious and peachy, the texture rich and lingering with a beautiful, bracing acidity on the finish. The wine is delicious now but with this level of concentration and complexity it certainly will be very long-lived.

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Reviews

  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2010 – Beyond sauvignon blancs in New Zealand – Chicago Tribune

    "As Michael Brajkovich, winemaker for Kumeu River Wines, puts it, 'Chardonnay is the only white variety to deliver complexity and texture based on its various terrains.' "Big, rich and spicy, concentrated by a cool vintage; delicious length..."

  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2010 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "A blend assembled from several vineyards, Kumeu River’s 2010 Estate Chardonnay is a medium-bodied, plushly textured wine. Toast and citrus aromas lead the way, followed by flavors that hint at creamed corn and plenty of vibrant pineapple."

  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2010 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    "A bright mix of floral notes and toasty aromatics, this offers very crisp flavors of fresh lemon, lime and nectarine. The texture is silky smooth, with refreshing, zingy acidity."

  • Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2010 – 91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “...Rich, supple and dry, offering very good volume and fullness without undue weight...balanced, round and seamless, with a lovely restrained sweetness. The long finish offers subtle notes of smoke and nuts.”

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