Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2005
Kumeu River is proud to introduce the Kumeu River Village Chardonnay – an affordable, everyday option to their Kumeu and Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnays.
The Wine Region: Kumeu
Kumeu is a sub-region of Auckland, with a cool, maritime climate influenced by the South Pacific Ocean. Summer temperatures are cool and winter temperatures are comparatively warm, without seasonal extremes: autumn is generally dry and sunny; however, extended cloud cover is not uncommon.
- Vine Age: 6–21 years
- Clones: 4,5,6
- Soil: Clay loam
- Harvest Date(s): March–April 2005
- Aging: 100% in 5-year-old French barriques
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Cases Imported: 600 cases
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- TA: 5.7 g/L
As with the Kumeu and Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnays, the Village Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown in Kumeu in the Auckland region of New Zealand. The Village Chardonnay is also hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed.
The 2005 Village Chardonnay features very attractive, lifted fruit aromas, along with a touch of hazelnut: quite typical of Chardonnay. The palate shows a nice, “peachy” ripeness, along with a crisp and flinty character that gives the wine a refreshing, cleansing quality. This wine is perfect for pairing with fish and shellfish.
Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2005 – 90 points – winereviewonline.com
“Winemaker Michael Brajkovich is a Master of Wine (MW) and a Chardonnay master. He crafts Burgundian-style wines highlighting minerality and taut acid layered with ripe tropical fruit notes.”
Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2005 – 88 points – Wine Spectator
“Fleshy but streamlined, with an inner core of concentration to the toasty oak, pear and mineral flavors. Citrus acidity and lead pencil tones linger on the finish. Drink now through 2010.”
Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2005 – Wines to Buy – Epicurious.com
– Leslie Sbrocco
Chardonnay, Village, Kumeu – 2005 – 91 points – Wine & Spirits
“A clean and refreshing style of chardonnay from just north of Auckland, this has good fruit intensity without a lot of volume. The orange pith scent and the light but lasting finish provide an edge for any fresh catch, particularly scallops.”