Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2016

The Wine Advocate
91 Points

Still a Kiwi classic, Kumeu River's 2016 Estate Chardonnay features toasted grain aromas, ripe peach and nectarine flavors and a long, citrus-inflected finish. It's medium-bodied, with a plump, silky texture and up to a decade of aging potential.

Joe Czerwinski, February 2018
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2016

Vinous
90 Points

The 2016 Estate Chardonnay has a touch more fatness on the nose than the 2017, though not quite the same degree of delineation. There is a subtle waxy/resin like note here, along with a hint of orange blossom and orange pith. The palate is well balanced with the same twist of sour lemon that marks the follow-up vintage, offering good weight in the mouth and a lovely peppery flourish on the persistent finish. Very fine, although I suspect the 2017 will have the edge in the long term. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London.

Neal Martin, February 2019
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
90 Points

Kumeu's estate Chard is a blend of six different sites. Despite a few years in bottle, it's still relatively closed, showing a restrained toasty character along with red apple, pineapple and orange rind. The palate is more generous in a satiny texture and seamless backbone of acidity, accompanied by tangy, citrusy flavors and woody undertones. Drink now–2022.

Christina Pickard, December 2018
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2016

Wine Spectator
91 Points

Fragrant, juicy and floral up front, with pretty notes of peppery white flowers that mingle with lime, white grapefruit and apple flavors, set on a crisp, linear body. Shows plenty of tension from the vibrant acidity and lingering minerality. Drink now. 500 cases imported.

MaryAnn Worobiec, April 2018
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