Kumeu River

Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu

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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2019

Vinous
91 Points

The estate Chardonnay is a blend of six different vineyards with approximately 20% fermented in new oak barrels. Texturally, this cuvée offers a sense of flow; it is relaxed in its own skin but provides welcome tension on the precise finish thanks to a line of firm acidity that will leave you smacking your lips. The 20% new oak is well integrated, contributing delicate nougat flavors, and allowing the subtle nectarine and honeydew melon flavors to shine on the medium-length finish.

Rebecca Gibb MW, November 2020
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2019

jamessuckling.com
94 Points

This vintage punches well above its weight division with such complex and expertly curated style. Peach, nectarine, lemon and grapefruit aromas with flinty and pithy allure. The palate has a core of intense peach and citrus flavors with driving mineral and stony undertow to the long, fresh finish. Stunning value here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

James Suckling, November 2020
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Kumeu River
Chardonnay, Estate, Kumeu – 2019

JancisRobinson.com
16.5+ Points

Pale greenish straw. Some super-delicate oak on the nose (or do I just mean a hint of savoury Côte d'Or perfume?!). So pure on the nose yet with great grip on the palate and already accessible in a grapefruit sort of way. With this intensity of fruit, it will clearly evolve into something even more convincing but you could certainly enjoy it now. It has both weight and a crystalline quality

Jancis Robinson, September 2020
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