Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2018

Wine Spectator
89 Points

Light and crisp, with plenty of power to the lemon zest, thyme and white grapefruit flavors, set on a sleek and juicy frame. Drink now. 6,000 cases made, 500 cases imported

MaryAnn Worobiec, June 2020
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2018

Wine & Spirits
90 Points

Michael Brajkovich, MW, blends this wine from six estate vineyards in Kumeu, holding to a consistently savory, structured style of chardonnay. Its flavors of nectarine, white peach and pithy lemon gained a broad and creamy texture from oak aging, while the fruit is saturated enough to remain the focus. A clean New World chardonnay with Old World elegance.

Joshua Green, April 2020
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2018

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

Within Kumeu's wide range of Chardonnays (after all, this far northern winery has carved its reputation on the variety), its estate wine is the one to go for if drinking young, although it will continue to blossom over the next five to seven years. Exceptionally food-friendly, it offers all the length and class of the upper-tier wines, but with more upfront appeal in the form of bright citrus and pear fruit, white spice and honey. Like with its brethren, the palate stars in the show with texture and acidity striking a graceful balancing act, and with oak taking a back seat.

Christina Pickard, March 18, 2020
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2018

The Wine Advocate
90 Points

The 2018 Estate Chardonnay delivers typical toasty-mealy aromas, plus notes of tangerine, white peach and pineapple. Medium-bodied and silky in texture, it's a bit restrained at this stage of its evolution, but it should blossom within another six months or so, then drink well for up to a decade.

Joe Czerwinski, November 27, 2019
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